Rich media is a broad set of communication modes, channels, and resources to be used under certain conditions. We coalesce them into a set of media systems used in online learning: multimedia, social network systems, and Web-based tools.
We redefine rich media for teaching and learning online: Rich media is a class of media systems with favorable capabilities to communicate or organize information so that learners can form meaning or present it.
Teaching online calls for a combination of technical and communication skills in a manner that aligns with a instructional goals. Here, we describe the areas of proficiency instructors need for teaching online with rich media, and a framework for organizing them for use in professional development.