Selecting Distance Learning Technologies

Selecting Distance Learning Technologies

Example 3:

A biodiesel manufacturing plant has a poor safety record. A series of safety training modules is needed to improve safety standards at the plant. The handling of hazardous materials will be explained once implemented into the training; along with, the OSHA guidelines regarding workplace safety and employers providing a healthful and safe environment for employees (U.S. Department of Labor). Diesel contains a mixture of gasses and very small particles in the exhaust of diesel engines that if not properly controlled can create a health hazard (U.S. Department of Labor).

As a novice instructional designer, preparing an online training course for a biodiesel manufacturing plant, there are the consideration that must be introduced when involving the use of media for delivering instruction.

The learning materials required for workers who handle Hazardous chemicals will be implemented in a 30-minute training course at the location where the workers are stationed. PowerPoint, Storyboard: digital storytelling, infographics, and a webinar, such as Meetingburner, are considered to be acceptable technological tools for this particular group of adult learners. It is important to match the medium used to the curriculum and contents ( McAlpine and Weston, 1994) of the course to provide for the needs of the learner.  The PowerPoint presentation will provide the introduction and guidelines for the safe handling of hazardous materials; also include will be infographics that will show the statistical data in the presentation.  “However, in a distance learning environment, the “ready-made” materials may need to be adapted or modified to accommodate the technologies involved in instructional delivery” (Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., & Zvacek, S., 2015, p. 135).


Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., & Zvacek, S. (2015). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education

U.S. Department of Labor, (January 2013). Diesel Exhaust/Diesel Particulate Matter – OHSA/MSHA Hazard Alert, [PDF] Retrieved from


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