ERIC Number: ED422849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Using Web-Conferencing with Primarily Interactive Television Courses.
Collins, Mauri P.; Berge, Zane L.
Over the past seven years, Northern Arizona University (NAU) has implemented NAUnet, a professional-broadcast-quality, two-way audio, two-way video instructional television (IITV) system. The IITV system provides a face-to-face environment where students and faculty can see and hear each other and engage in discussion. Recently, several courses delivered via NAUnet have acquired a World Wide Web-based conferencing enhancement so that discussion continues in the NAU Online Virtual Conference Center among students and faculty between the broadcast classes. One humanities professor has made particularly good use of the integration of synchronous television with asynchronous computer conferencing. This paper presents observations drawn from his courses. The discussion covers: (1) teaching methodology, including the transition from live television to live television with Web-enhancement, student assignments, and grading; (2) introduction of Web-based threaded conferencing "conversational spaces"; (3) benefits, including increased student interaction and participation, multiple perspectives in class discussion, and the ability for the instructor to have greater input into each student's learning experience; (4) continuing concerns, including student access to the Internet and student frustration with the divergence from more familiar teaching models; and (5) student reaction. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Educational Television, Higher Education, Information Networks, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Interactive Television, Online Systems, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Teleconferencing, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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