To make the teaching and learning process a success, keeping the learners motivated, and engaged is essential (Cox, 2012). This can be achieved through the integration of online learning. The use of private emails, phone calls, videos, Skype, and others; makes learners feel more comfortable in the learning process (Baltimore, 2012). This blog is about the review and exploration of the use of Skype, and video to teach adult learners. Information on the use of Skype and videos can be retrieved from:
Skype is a technological tool that plays a crucial role in any learning process. It is a free video conferencing tools downloadable from the Internet that connects learners with the world, and gives them the opportunity of speaking with guests from every corner of the world on a webcam. Although Skype can be integrated into any online learning experience, the learners must be technology savvy (Terrell, 2010). Skype consumes twenty percent of class time, and the topic must first be explored, and the questions that will be directed to the speaker must be decided (Terrell, 2010).
Videos are also a vital multimedia resources for any online learning experience. They can be used in several instructional settings; such as in the classrooms, for distance-learning sites, and self-study situations (Burt, August 1999).
Teachers and learners can use a video to present their contents, start conversations, and provide illustrations for their concepts. Using a video has an added advantage, it combines visual and audio stimuli; making it accessible for every learner, including those who have not learned reading, and writing skills. However, using video does not provide the best means of explaining concepts that cannot be understood by the learners or practicing specific skills of grammar or writing (Burt, 1999).
Overall, Skype and video are the most preferable for the engagement, and motivation of learners in the learning process. Despite their challenges, every teacher or instructor that focuses on satisfying the needs of learners should incorporate the two as multimedia resources in online learning experiences.
Baltimore, MD (2012). Keeping the learner motivated and engaged: Program Transcript. Laureate Education, Inc.
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September 25, 2015. From http://oupeltglobalblog.com/2010/05/28/motivating-adult-