ERIC Number: ED449935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Open Models for Teaching Physics to Schools in Dispersed Locations in Russia and Canada.
Sandalov, Aleksandr N.; Sukhareva, Natalia A.; Barry, Maurice; Piper, Terry; Stevens, Ken
Two models for using information and communication technologies to teach physics to students in remote areas of Canada and Russia are described. In Canada, an intranet electronically links schools in a Newfoundland school district to the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Advanced placement physics is delivered via the Internet. Newfoundland has a high satellite dish rate per capita in a relatively small area, so synchronous, real-time networking is a high priority. In Russia, open distributed learning has been developed between Moscow State University and schools in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. The ultimate aim is to provide access to universities and other academic institutions for more people throughout these countries through the development of a network "teaching auditorium." Russian time-zone differences of up to 9 hours plus unpredictable channel capacity make asynchronous information transfer very important. Educators in both countries have become aware that teachers and students must have compatible hardware and software for online teaching to be effective. The introduction of Internet-delivered physics raised issues of change in teaching and learning, including reduction of professional privacy for teachers; shift in the educational hierarchy with the advent of a new category of teacher; need for appropriate teacher education; keeping students focused in an unsupervised class; preventing students from becoming overwhelmed by access to unlimited information; and synchronizing scheduling at all locations. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Class Organization, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Higher Education, Internet, Physics, Rural Education, Science Instruction, Secondary Education
Full text at Web site: http://www.tellearn.mun.ca/pubs/russia.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memorial Univ., St. John's (Newfoundland). Faculty of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Russia