ERIC Number: ED343572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Instructional Audio Communications at a Glance.
Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
Audio conferencing, or teleconferencing, is fast becoming an important method of delivering education to students at a distance. Audio conferencing equipment consists of a convener (speaker) and push-to-talk microphone. Use of the system costs less than using a number of separate telephone lines and is more comfortable for users. Advantages of teleconferencing include interaction between students and teachers, the opportunity for direct feedback to students, cost effectiveness, and ease of use with other supporting instructional materials. Limitations to teleconferencing include technical difficulties, the amount of advance planning and preparation required, the inability to address visually-oriented learning styles, and restrictions on the type of content to be delivered. Teleconferencing can be used effectively if planned thoroughly in advance, and if care is taken to set the environment, encourage participation, and familiarize students with both the instructional materials as well as the medium before the conference begins. This brief guide provides suggestions for conducting an audio conference course effectively, humanizing an audio conference, and encouraging participation. Advantages and limitations of this technology are outlined. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
Note: For related guides, see IR 015 466-471.