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ERIC Number: ED399577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-29
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Communicating Skills Necessary for Success in a Distance Environment.
Jones, Ted C.
A study of seven interactive telecourses taught over a compressed-video-network--an environment where two or more classrooms equipped with cameras and microphones are connected by means of telephone lines--led to the formulation of some communication ideas. In this particular setup, the teacher and students could both see and hear each other in concurrent analyses of videotapes classes. An interpersonal, interactive-mediated model was chosen to examine how teachers formulated and exchanged messages with students and how students interpreted those messages in a distance education setting. Research data were gathered by means of teacher and student surveys and two concurrent analyses of videotaped sessions. Both student and teacher questionnaires covered simple topics. Findings generally support the observation that instructors bring more to distance learning than is generally thought. The research suggests that courses whose teachers used more interactive questioning and technology strategies were generally better received. Lecture as a presentation style was less successful but worked well for courses with motivated students. Some recommendations are for teachers to work from their strengths and to be open to the new environment. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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