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ERIC Number: ED427691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 6
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Using Web Conferencing To Promote Ownership in Distance Education Coursework.
Chung, Haejin; Rodes, Paul; Knapczyk, Dennis
This paper discusses the use of World Wide Web-based conferencing in the Collaborative Teacher Education Program (CTEP) at Indiana University. The CTEP, a program offering distance education coursework to in-service teachers in rural communities throughout southern Indiana, is described, and some of the obstacles and limitations involved in promoting ownership in courses delivered at a distance are considered. Alta Vista Forum, a World Wide Web-hosted, asynchronous, text-based conferencing system that incorporates two key elements for discussion--"forums" (collections of related information or resources that allow learners to interact on key issues and course concepts with other class members) and "teams" (shared environments in which select groups of class members can work together on designated tasks)--is described. Some features of Alta Vista Forum that are critical to promoting ownership are highlighted. Applying Web conferencing to distance education is addressed, focusing on the following three kinds of interaction required of CTEP students: posting examples from assigned projects, discussing course content, and consulting with peer teams. (Contains 12 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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