ERIC Number: ED427725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Distance Education Infrastructure for Rural Areas Using Java as a Development Tool.
Ndinga, S. S.; Clayton, P.
New information technology is rapidly becoming part of the localized education process, while offering the tools and the infrastructure for the establishment of a distance education process. At Rhodes University (South Africa), an Interactive Remote Tutorial System (IRTS) was built to support distance education. IRTS will be used as an instructional medium to meet the needs of the learner in a manner that is instructionally effective and economically prudent. This paper describes the design and implementation of IRTS as a World Wide Web-based distance education delivery system that allows an instructor sited remotely and connected via normal phone lines to provide two-way voice communication within a class and remotely navigate Web-based lesson material. Topics discussed include: (1) background on distance education technologies; (2) the IRTS architecture, including the MiniNavibar, Whiteboard, Chat-box, and Event Manager; (3) the collaboration client server design; (4) the relay servers; (5) the Event Manager, including flattening/sending events and reconstructing/consuming events; (6) lesson management; (7) hardware and software requirements; and (8) future work. A figure presents the overall system architecture. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A