ERIC Number: ED329418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Interaction in Teleconferencing: The Key to Quality Instruction.
Kruh, Janet J.; Murphy, Karen L.
This paper examines classroom strategies for distance learning. It discusses the importance of participant interaction in all learning, and offers examples of interactive distance-learning situations. Focusing on interaction of learning, the paper is intended to assist public schools in assessing various distance-learning programs, including computer conferencing, fiber optic cable, and audio-, audiographic-, or satellite teleconferences. Traditional classroom interaction is channeled in a variety of ways. Interactive participation stimulates the learning process in solving problems, encourages constructive criticism of solutions, and strengthens group commitment. Distance-education environments often become passive experiences for learners, but instructional strategies can be used to improve interaction in teleconferencing. Categories of teleconferencing interaction include the following: (1) learner interaction with the presenter; (2) learner interaction among persons at a local site; (3) learner interaction with persons at other sites; and (4) vicarious interaction. Strategies such as panel discussions, role playing, and question-and-answer sessions also can be used to bring variety to interaction. The document concludes that quality distance education depends upon the degree of interaction. The document includes a bibliography of nine references. (TES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Rural and Small Schools Conference (12th, Manhattan, KS, October 29-31, 1990).