After the disclaimer, she expresses the idea that communication often figures as one of the main problems in a course. Technology can can bridge the communication gap between students and instructors. Four technologies can be useful in this regard:
- Discussion boards
- Social-networking sites
- E-mail and e-mail lists
Many within academia may tout the usefulness of learning management software programs like Blackboard and Moodle, but Meloni argues that "individual instructors often find these platforms too cumbersome." The free, cloud-based technologies seem to function better.
Meloni also talked a little about the usefulness of Zotero and Mendeley, as well as the importance of collaboration with students, experts on campus, and instructors at other institutions. Making course materials freely available online certainly opens up the gates for collaboration with individuals at other institutions. Sharing a syllabus, for example, elicited invitation sent to her to collaborate on conference panels and even publications.
It is a good article. Take a look at it:
Meloni, Julie. "Technologies for Teaching: Strategies and Pitfalls." Chronicle of Higher Education 57.11 (2010): B22-B24. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 27 Sept. 2011.