Saturday, November 8, 2008

Transparent Technology

Many recognize that technology is transforming the way we teach and learn. For example, there is the rapid growth in:
  • Online classes ~ blended classes ~ Internet intensive classes
  • Online searching and publishing
  • Wikis, blogs, podcasts, mashups, video, and a whole host of Web 2.0 services
  • Online collaborations, interactions and engagement

But, what's this about transparent technology in teaching? It is the advent of intuitive, ubiquitous, and useful technologies that are so simple, so seamless that they become transparent - they don't get in the way, they are easy to adopt and to use.

Transparency has to do with both the technology itself and the background of both the student and the faculty member.

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