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ERIC Number: ED420296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Project OWLink: Distance Learning in Electronic Studios.
Miller, Leslie M.; Kumari, Siva
Project OWLink is a teledistance project linking Rice University (Texas) to five Texas schools (one K-8 and four high schools) with a two-way audio/video and Internet connectivity, creating an interactive electronic community of teachers and students. Initiated in June 1994, the project has experimented with nontraditional models of distance learning. Working with Southwestern Bell representatives, the project developed a network architecture that facilitates the delivery of video and audio, both live and prerecorded, into the traditional classroom. This network is controllable from any site, allowing any instructor at any site to lead and participate in a presentation; each site is also equipped with the audio/video equipment typically found in traditional distance learning classrooms. Principles were asked to select two teachers each (four for the K-8 school) for the program, basing their choices more on innovation and collaboration efforts than on technological skills. The collaborative work programmed by instructors was based on four models of interaction: "teacher-to-students," in which one teacher instructs classes throughout OWLink; "expert-to-students," in which guest speakers could present to more than one classroom at a time; "teacher-to-teacher," in which teachers exchange information among one another; and "student-to-student," in which older students make presentations to younger students. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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