ERIC Number: ED396724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Teaching with Vision.
Research into desktop videoconferencing in 1994 indicated it could be successfully used to improve the quality of interaction between students and teachers and to improve the quality of learning concepts and processes difficult to teach in non-visual distance education. This paper describes a desktop videoconferencing project trial between teachers at the Open Access College (Australia), a family of three primary aged students living on a station in remote South Australia, and two medically disabled students (one studying primary subjects and the other a combination of primary and secondary subjects) in metropolitan Adelaide. Computers running ShareVision were placed at these three locations. One of the main objectives of the study was to determine if desktop video conferencing: (1) makes learning easier and more personal for students; (2) offers improved learning opportunities for concepts and processes that have traditionally proved difficult to address; (3) encourages more meaningful teacher-student interaction, empowering the students and advancing the equity between the two; and (4) promotes student involvement. Results showed: the students on the outback station each believed they received better contact with their teachers; the medically disabled students exceeded all expectations for improvement; and the teachers using ShareVision(TM), who had little or no experience in computers at the beginning of the project, are now competent and literate with the technology. ShareVision(TM) also enables a closer contact between parents and teachers. The teachers and students involved in the trial all say that the "face-to-face" contact achieved with ShareVision(TM) and the increased interactivity it generates is what sets it apart from other technologies used in distance education. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Interactive Systems; Video Teleconferencing
Note: In: Learning Technologies: Prospects and Pathways. Selected papers from EdTech '96 Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Educational Technology (Melbourne, Australia, July 7-10, 1996); see IR 017 931. Contains illustrations which may not reproduce clearly.