These two facts help us realize that we need to match the learners and their environment to the objectives of the course. Then we must identify the best strategy for illustrating the information we want them to learn. It is at this point when a decision is made on the best medium and technology to help in accomplishing the learning objectives. In this week’s multimedia program, The Technology of Distance Education, we saw different examples of technologies that may be used as tools in distance education. These included podcats, discussion technologies, blogs, concept maps and media sharing sites. These technologies should develop reciprocity and cooperation among students, use active learning techniques, give prompt feedback, and respect diverse talents and ways of learning among others (Beldarrain, 2006).