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ERIC Number: ED439890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 8
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Creating a Community of Distance Learners: Putting Technology To Work.
Menlove, Ronda R.; Hansford, Dave; Lignugaris-Kraft, Benjamin
Learning at a distance can be challenging for preservice teacher education students living in remote rural sites. The Department of Special Education at Utah State University (USU) uses technology to overcome student isolation by linking students to supportive university learning communities. Many students in the USU distance education, special education certification program are nontraditional students--older, employed, with family commitments. Distance education provides convenient access to a university degree program in local communities but can be stressful for these students, who may lack college experience and self-confidence and need support. The USU program enhances student learning and support through the easy-to-use, low-cost, Internet-delivered Sorenson EnVision technology. EnVision is a teleconferencing system, using a unique compression technology to deliver voice and video over the Internet, even at very low data throughput rates. This technology allows face-to-face interaction among students and between students and university personnel in various learning and support situations. These situations include advising and mentoring students, tutoring individual students, conducting study group sessions, delivering didactic courses, supervising practical courses, and training local cooperating teachers. The EnVision technology is described, including multi-conferencing capability (linking one teacher to many sites), compatibility with NetMeeting software, simultaneous videoconferencing and document sharing, and hardware and software requirements. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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