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A Self-Study of Technological Transition: Instructional Impacts of Shifting a Distance Course Delivery System

Author(s): Susan A. Turner

Journal: Journal of Educators Online
ISSN 1547-500X

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Self-Study | Virtual Teaching | Distance Technology | Multi-User Virtual Environment | Wimba

This self-study examines the process of technological transition: the instructional shift from the use of one distance course delivery technology, to a different technology delivery system. Specifically, it examines the impact of the shift on course design, and on the instructor's transitional learning process that occurred while moving a graduate course from distance face-to-face delivery format, to an on-line collaborative learning format using Wimba® software. The change process is documented through the use of self-study methodology (Samaras & Freese, 2006), and an exploratory framework for technological transitions of this type, is proposed. The framework focuses on four critical areas of transitional knowledge: Student Knowledge, Technical Knowledge, Experiential Knowledge and Reflective Knowledge.
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