By the end of Module Four, learners will be able to demonstrate knowledge about current technology for online instruction.

Overview of Tasks

  1. Watch all Instructional Videos
  2. Review the Learning Object Resources
  3. Participate in the discussion
  4. Take the Mid-Course Quiz (Covers Modules 1, 2, 3, & 4. See all Study Guides.)

4.1 Watch Instructional Videos

Watch all lecture videos associated with Module Four.

Questions for the Module Four Quiz will come from these videos as well as Modules One, Two, and Three.

Video 1: Learning Management Systems

If the video will not play visit http://youtu.be/ZG4aDcuR-XE.

Self-check: Module 4 Video 1 Quiz (5qs)

Video 2: Alternatives to LMSs

If the video will not play visit http://youtu.be/LnY0TB2v7MQ.

Self-check: Module 4 Video 2 Quiz (5qs)

Video 3: Finding Learning Objects

If the video will not play visit http://youtu.be/4p4X-byviuc.

Self-check: Module 4 Video 3 Quiz

Video 4: Evaluating Learning Objects

If the video will not play visit http://youtu.be/6w3PEUH6LYY.

Self-check: Module 4 Video 4 Quiz

4.2 Learning Object Resources

Save these resources.

Save and use the Learning Object Checklist that Dr. Vega described and asked you to use in the lecture videos. For links referenced in the lecture videos click HERE:

  1. Textbooks
  2. Search Engines
  3. Bloggers
  4. Twitter
  5. Curating Services
  6. Open Educational Resource Repositories
  7. Social Pinning
  8. Make your own using Web 2.0 tools

4.3 Learning Management Resources

Save these resources.

This is a list of LMS Providers (some for purchase and others free for educational use). You will also see links to Wiki providers, social learning tools, and WYSIWYG editors:

Bookmark and read this blog-

4.4 Module 4 Study Guide

Download, Use, and Save the Module-Four-Study-Guide

Use the Module Four Study Guide to keep track of what you’ve learned in this module. You will need it to study for your Mid-Course Quiz at the end of this Module (instructions below)

  1. Features of a learning management system can be divided into what two categories?
  2. The most critical feature of the asynchronous learning management system FOR STUDENTS is the ____________?
  3. True or False: If your school district has not purchased an LMS for teacher-student use, there are free learning management systems available online?
  4. Text-based chat, live whiteboard, live screenshare, and live webcam display are known as ______________ LMS features.
  5. What are some examples of free synchronous online tools?
  6. What is a Social Learning Tool?
  7. True or False: Social learning sites will NEVER offer features you found in a Learning Management System, or LMS, like a gradebook, dropbox for assignments, quizzes, and class calendars.
  8. True or False: In social learning sites, social interaction between students and teachers is the focus of the interface rather than content.
  9. A __________ is any website that is collaboratively created or edited.
  10. Weebly.com and Google sites are great examples of free ___________ editors.
  11. What are learning objects?
  12. True or False: Many publishers offer digital content to support blended classroom strategies.
  13. KidRex, Quintura Kids, KidZui and NetTrekker are examples of _______________.
  14. True or False: Education blogs can be useful in helping find free learning objects online.
  15. True or False: Twitter is NEVER a good resource for education. All material on Twitter is inappropriate and should be avoided.
  16. OER stands for ___________ ______________ ____________.
  17. True or False: All learning objects are worthy of your classroom and students’ time.
  18. True or False: When evaluating a learning object, you should always ask – “Does the learning object directly address the content learning standards?”
  19. True or False: It IS NOT important to evaluate whether or not the learning object facilitates instructor-student or student-student interaction.
  20. True or False: You need to consult Copyright law before using learning objects you find online.

4.5 Discussions

Participate in the Module Four discussion:


How could you use an alternative tool to build a website for your classroom?

What learning activities do you think you could post on a classroom website?

If you already have a classroom website, share the link. What are its strengths and weaknesses as a space for online learning?

Do you have new ideas for an instructional classroom website?


4.6 Mid Course Quiz

Use ALL the study guides from Modules 1 – 4 to prepare for this assessment (Mid-Course Quiz). Then, take the quiz.

This quiz will measure your mastery of Course Objective #1. This objective states: The learner will gain introductory knowledge of effective K12 blended and online instruction.

You will have 120 minutes to complete this mid-course quiz. You will be given 2 attempts. The highest score of the two will be recorded.

Your Score:  

Your Ranking: