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ERIC Number: ED497424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-27
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Back to the Future: The Practicality of Using Microsoft NetMeeting for Effective Distance Tutoring
Legutko, Robert S.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (Vancouver, BC, Canada, Jun 27, 2007)
Background: The idea for attempting a distance tutoring project between university tutors and elementary school students using Microsoft NetMeeting was conceived: (a) to provide a new experience mentoring children for university students pursuing a teaching certificate, (b) for university students to utilize technology in pedagogy, (c) as an outreach to elementary school students in need of academic assistance who may not otherwise have access to such assistance (for instance, students in poorer urban or rural school districts who do not have tutors), (d) to eliminate off campus travel for university students to take part in a mentoring opportunity, and (e) to utilize existing technology and keep project costs to a minimum. Purpose: This research sought to inform participants on how NetMeeting (the free Microsoft program that allows two or more computers to communicate in a virtual meeting with file sharing, whiteboard, text chat, audio, and video) can be an effective and practical means of tutoring students at a distance whose computers still operate on Windows 98, 2000, or XP platforms. Discussion included ease of communication between tutor/student, student academic progress, miscellaneous outcomes, and initial systems/firewalls troubleshooting issues between the university and the elementary school. Setting: University campus and Catholic (Parochial) elementary school, January to May 2007. Study Sample: Four university students served as one-on-one tutors for four elementary students. The research design was qualitative. Findings: An adult was required to be present to connect the elementary student with the college tutor prior to and during each session. Telephone access must be available to ensure that the student and tutor are present and that the connecting technology is in working order. There must be communication between parties in the morning of the distance tutoring session to ensure that the tutoring session will take place. The video component of NetMeeting was deemed unnecessary for distance tutoring. Headsets with microphones are essential. Several successes were noted in student performance, including using whiteboard and text chat functions for typing out spelling words; reading current and future stories aloud; predicting plots of stories by looking at pictures; and assisting with pronunciation of new words. Conclusion: Implementing the distance tutoring project using NetMeeting was a viable means for communicating between the university and elementary school. Poorer schools with limited budgets would be able to utilize NetMeeting to connect with colleges/universities in conducting similar programs to assist elementary and/or secondary students with their studies without needing to be in the same geographic area. Appended are: Technical Terms and Abbreviations. (Contains 1 note.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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