Modern online learners want something different than the traditional teaching and learning approaches. They are connected to the world through numerous modes of technology (Blackboard Inc, 2012). As a result, instructors must understand that digital learners have ongoing and multiple points of access to broad sources of information and diverse perspectives (Zucca, 2013).
Because of this incredible access to information, today's digital learners want connections with, not only their instructors and peers in the classroom, but also, people, concepts, and activities across the globe. They crave interaction, engagement, and meaningful opportunities to reflect, think critically, and exchange ideas, as well as understand the bigger world.