ERIC Number: ED476216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Live Broadcasting Online: Interactive Training for Rural Special Educators.
Ludlow, Barbara L.; Duff, Michael C.
Since 1990 West Virginia University has offered a distance education program leading to teaching certification and a master's degree in either severe/multiple disabilities or early intervention/early childhood special education. The courses were offered via satellite transmission, but in response to demand for these courses in areas without satellite access, the program is using webcasting technology to transmit class sessions over the Internet by means of Web simulcasts and re-broadcasts. The program has used two systems to deliver webcasts: Apple's QuickTime streaming format and RealNetwork's RealMedia streaming format. QuickTime streaming was easy to use, had high quality images, and offered excellent results with cable modem or fiber line Internet connections, but only fair results with 56K telephone modem access. RealMedia streaming provided lower quality video but allowed the stream to be adjusted to the user's Internet access, making the webcasts more accessible via telephone modems and lower bandwidth connections. The program decided to stay with RealMedia because it is more easily accessed by a wider range of equipment, even though overall video quality is not as good as with QuickTime. Hardware and software needs and costs are described for each system. (Contains 5 references and 15 resources on webcasting.) (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Software, Distance Education, Electronic Equipment, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Internet, Program Descriptions, Rural Education, Special Education, Teacher Education Programs, Technology Uses in Education, Web Based Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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