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Synchronous Distance Education Systems, Choosing the Right Solution?
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, University of South Florida, United States ; , Gettysberg College, United States ; , University of South Florida, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-50-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Research in Distance Learning continues to indicate that interactions greatly enhance education at a distance (Willis, 1995; Moore, 1989; Hillman, 1994 & 1999; Harasim, 1990). The University of South Florida has created successful interactive learning communities using an asynchronous model. However, this is not sufficient to alleviate the isolation that many online learners feel. Therefore, a blended model combining asynchronous and synchronous methods to connect students, instructors, and educational content in rich, online learning communities, is a next step. We compared the many online synchronous learning solutions available in the market on their ability to meet both our technical and pedagogical needs. The results support the idea that our university is ready for a synchronous solution and targets two systems in detail. These two systems were narrowed from a large field and piloted in an online classroom situation with instructors, guest speakers and students.

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Schullo, S., Siekmann, S. & Szydlo, S. (2003). Synchronous Distance Education Systems, Choosing the Right Solution?. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2003--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2421-2428). Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 25, 2019 from .

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