Delivering Distance Education Using Synchronous Web Audio Technology
Daniel Y. Lee, Shippensburg University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
One of the key elements that is critical to the success of distance education is active collaboration between participants. "Two-way interaction with a given student and the instructor simply is not enough" (Palloff & Pratt, 1999). Online courses using the traditional Web functions lack spontaneous interactions among participants. Static Web documents and e-mail, the two most commonly used Web functions, provide only two-way interactions. Bulletin board and chat can often cause confusion and frustration. On the other hand, classroom videoconferencing is prohibitively expensive for many institutions, while desktop videoconferencing faces a serious bandwidth problem. The Web audio conferencing technology may be an efficient and affordable solution for many distance education courses that require spontaneous interactions and collaboration among participants. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the effectiveness of real-time Web audio as an ideal mode of delivery under the current state of technology and given the limited bandwidth of the Internet. Capabilities of the live Web audio technology are outlined. The comparative advantages of the Web audio technology are discussed.
Lee, D.Y. (2000). Delivering Distance Education Using Synchronous Web Audio Technology. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2000--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 564-568). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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