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ERIC Number: ED350984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 6
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Is Video Really Necessary? A Study Comparing Interactivity in Video and Audio Classrooms.
Farr, Charlotte Webb; Muscarella, Diane
This paper presents the findings of a study comparing the amount of interactivity generated in three different instructional settings: face-to-face instruction in a television classroom, real time instruction via microwave (two-way interactive video), and audioteleconference instruction supplemented with prerecorded videos. The study was conducted using three sessions of a psychology class, all taught by the same instructor, on the psychosocial implications of AIDS. With regard to the face-to-face with video comparison, the data suggests that the presence of the instructor, regardless of site, increases the amount of interaction. The comparison of audio/video with face-to-face instruction produced similar results; however, in the audio condition the majority of students' interactions were comments rather than questions, showing a substantively greater degree of understanding of the material. Three explanations for the differences in quality of interactions are suggested: (1) a difference in the way the class was structured; (2) a difference in the two audiences; and (3) the use of tapes representing different time periods in the class. (ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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