ERIC Number: ED428695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
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Automated Content Synthesis for Interactive Remote Instruction.
Maly, K.; Overstreet, C. M.; Gonzalez, A.; Denbar, M. L.; Cutaran, R.; Karunaratne, N.
This paper describes IRI (Interactive Remote Instruction), a computer-based system built at Old Dominion University (Virginia) in order to support distance education. The system is based on the concept of a virtual classroom where students at different locations have the same synchronous class experience, using networked computers to communicate through video, audio, and tool sharing. During a synchronous session, all individual streams of action are recorded with timing points. This information is synthesized and presented as a set of World Wide Web pages that can be used at a later time to review any portion of the lecture using the Web navigation pages as an index to all class activities. How the learning paradigm is shifting as a function of technological advances is considered. Relevant collaboration, videoconferencing, Web, and cross-platform tools are described, and the ideal environment (i.e., a set of integrated tools, which provide support for the learning experience) is discussed. The recording architecture is summarized, including recording files, playback architecture, and recording playback synchronization. Technical issues related to implementation are addressed, including multiple-user steering, and content synthesis and presentation. Two figures present the basic IRI software and recording server architecture, and the replay control panel. (DLS)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer System Design, Courseware, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Interaction, Navigation (Information Systems), Teleconferencing, Virtual Classrooms, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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