ERIC Number: ED346822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Distance Education: Perspectives from All Sides of the Desk.
Rezabek, Landra L.; And Others
This paper describes two distance education courses on educational technology offered to the University of Wyoming by the University of Toledo (Ohio) and Florida State University. The first course, "Teaching Computer Courseware Design Using Audio Teleconferencing and Electronic Mail," is described by its professor, Dennis C. Myers of Toledo. This course was held via teleconference on Saturday mornings. Students responded using one of several microphones placed in the classroom. Homework was mailed to the teacher or sent via a statewide educational telecommunications network. The major disadvantage to this course was the lack of interaction between teacher and students. Because of the nature of the course, students performed exercises in class on computers. Problems had to be verbalized over the teleconference medium rather than seen in person by the teacher, as they would have been in a traditional classroom. The classroom environment also would have been improved by the presence of a coordinator, so that students who became bored would not leave. Advantages of the course include accessibility to a course and a professor not otherwise available. Taught by Robert A. Reiser from Florida State University, the second course is described in his essay, "Audio Teleconferencing and Surface Mail Videotapes--Lessons from a Personal History." Reiser provides a brief description of the course, Trends and Issues in Instructional Technology, then lists the lessons learned from the experience. These included difficulty in knowing who was speaking over the teleconference medium, difficulty in gauging students' reactions, necessary revision of course materials to fit the electronic medium, and scheduling logistics. Overall, both distance education experiences were deemed successful, with opportunities outweighing the frustrations with the medium. A student's perspective (Ellen Edwin) and a program unit coordinator's perspective (Landra L. Rezabek) are also provided. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Washington, DC, February 5-9, 1992).