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driver seat‖ of his or her learning. The locus of power can shift from the instructor to the student, at least perceivably so, thereby enabling the emergence of the student as inquirer. The online option for contributing to class discussion also provides a means to reach a broader array of student learning styles.


Benefits Faculty


 Provides multiple tools in one location.  Promotes environmental sustainability- assignment areas provide a way for students to submit digital files.


 Promotes efficiency and ease of grading- links assessments and assignments directly to the grade book.


 Provides tools for times when instruction must take place at a distance (Wimba, Lecture Capture, discussion boards).


 Affords ease of course revision. Courses can be copied and updated from semester to semester.


 Integrates Web 2.0 technologies (wikis, blogs, discussion boards, file sharing, etc.).


Students  Provides multiple tools in one location.  Provides various platforms and tools for either student initiated or instructor led group work and collaboration.


 Aids in establishing a sense of class community.  Offers a safe space for inquiry and exploratory learning.


 Facilitates multiple entry points into writing and communicating- students can choose a platform and customize responses with audio, images, or video.


 Enables learning-on-the-go. Course content can be accessed from a mobile device.


 Increases accessibility to course instructor and material. 82


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