Using Cheap and Easy-to-Use Technology to Maximize Learning and Teaching in Online Education
Abstract: Online education is gradually becoming traditional education, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more students sign up for online courses because of the flexibility of instructions, time-saving capability, and students' ability to work full time while taking classes and carrying their family and job responsibilities. Expectations of professors and students are changing regarding the inclusion of technology in their courses. Therefore, Purdue University Global decided to switch its eCollege learning management system (LMS) to a more advanced Brightspace LMS, which has more capabilities than other LMSs. Brightspace's embedded tools and software, such as Kaltura, Hawkes Learning, Intelligent Agents, Academic Writer, and many others, help educators create media-rich content to provide students with personalized learning. In addition, Brightspace hosts Bongo and Zoom platforms that are used for weekly live seminars where students and professors use chat, audio, and webcams to discuss course content, clarify concepts, explain the assignments, ask and answer questions, and make presentations. In addition to embedded tools or software in Brightspace, professors use other technology to deliver online courses.