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Desktop Video Conferencing: The Optimum Solution for Synchronous Distance Learning Ronald McBride PROCEEDINGS

, , , Northwestern State Univ., United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Technologies for teaching at a distance are expanding rapidly. Though web-based delivery,
using the computer and Internet, has attracted substantial interest recently, other technologies, like full
motion video compression, continue to provide alternatives to the Internet. Factors such as quality of
delivery, cost effectiveness and convenience of operation have shifted the emphasis away from high cost
video compression systems. Nonetheless, web-based classed taught at a distance provide significant
coverage but lack components such as full frame video that allow students to see the teacher during
synchronous delivery. The essence of “real-time” instruction is simulated with DVC, though at a fraction
of the cost of video compression systems. Desktop video conferencing synthesizes the best features of all
distance learning delivery systems, resulting in a technology that provides a variety of applications for the
participating institutions. This paper explores desktop video conferencing as the “next generation”
distance learning technology, comparing faculty and student preparation time, initial and maintenance cost,
and effectiveness of instruction.

Citation

McBride, R., Fuller, F. & Gillan, R. (2001). Desktop Video Conferencing: The Optimum Solution for Synchronous Distance Learning Ronald McBride. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (pp. 245-250). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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