ERIC Number: ED430543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Bleeding on the Edge: Experiences from Teaching a Multimedia-Rich Course over the Internet.
Hecht, Jeffrey B.; Schoon, Perry L.
A recent master's level course in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University pushed the envelope on using instructional Internet technologies. This course utilized several in-person sessions (both on- and off-campus), e-mail, and a dedicated World Wide Web site. The majority of classes were held over the Internet using CU-SeeMe client and server software. Certain experiences (e.g., installing and configuring new software, training students to use the software, and back-up methods of instruction) were anticipated, while others had to be dealt with "on the fly" (e.g., incompatible hardware, Internet propagation delays, and synchronizing audio and video). Instructors contemplating this mode of content delivery need to be aware of the benefits and costs, especially in terms of time for instructor and student training, multiple modality and error-alternative preparation, and practice. The following conclusions are presented: (1) instructors and students need a lot of time to become familiar with the technology; (2) instructors need to plan for the unexpected and have alternative and backup methods for delivering course content; (3) instructors need to create multiple/repetitive modes of content delivery; and (4) instructors and students need to be relatively technically savvy as well as highly fault tolerant. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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