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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching, 2nd Edition by Keith Pratt, Rena M. Palloff

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CHAPTER FOUR

THE TOOLS OF ONLINE TEACHING

Technology has changed dramatically since we wrote the first edition of this book and continues to do so at a rapid pace. The course management systems that were newly developing in 2001 have become the foundation on which most online courses are built now. However, that too is changing. Mobile technology is creating a stronghold in education and is being used in both face-to-face and online courses. Tablets such as the iPad and others are beginning to replace notebook and desktop computers. Many colleges and universities have invested in iPads, distributing them to new students and conducting iPad projects, a topic we discuss later in this chapter. Open source course management systems, which have been ...

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