ERIC Number: ED466191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Is It Possible To Teach Music in a Classroom from a Distance of 1000 km? Learning Environment of Music Education Using ISDN-Videoconferencing.
The University of Oulu (Finland) has a 10-year experience in distance education. Located in Northern Finland, Oulu is a center for small distant villages and towns in Lapland. The Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education at the University of Oulu is a leading institution in the field of distance learning. Students complete their practicum studies at the University Experimental School and in village schools. ISDN-videoconferencing has solved many educational problems in the rural areas in Lapland by giving opportunities for teacher trainees to practice their teaching skills with information and communication technology (ICT), and pupils in remote schools have had the opportunity to receive instruction in every subject of the school program. The University of Oulu is one of the three universities in Finland providing music teacher education for comprehensive and secondary schools. During the practical period of the studies in the Music Teacher Department, the students taught music to the school of Utsjoki located in the very north of Finland on the Norwegian border, 800 kilometers from Oulu. The Utsjoki project is a good example of activities that have been done using videoconferencing in teaching and as a part of the practicum of teacher trainees. The main goal of the Utsjoki project, which began in 1995, is to create and develop learning methods and a network of schools in order to increase educational equality and utilize the decreasing resources of the schools. Use of ISDN technology brought a music teacher to the classrooms of the Utsjoki School and the pupils were enthusiastic with the instruction. Teaching with two-way videoconferencing does have major problems, with the limited possibilities of sound and picture, and the University of Oulu has developed this learning environment and has attempted to minimize these particular problems. Includes 15 links to Web sites. (AEF)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Music Education, Practicums, Rural Education, Teacher Education, Technology Integration, Teleconferencing
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