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Integrating Desktop Video Conferencing into Online and Web-Enhanced Courses Ms. Darla Runyon Dr. Roger Von Holzen Center for Information Technology in Education Northwest Missouri State University. What’s on the horizon that can help online and web-enhanced courses?.

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Integrating Desktop Video Conferencing into Online and Web-Enhanced CoursesMs. Darla RunyonDr. Roger Von HolzenCenter for Information Technology in EducationNorthwest Missouri State University

networked collaborative tools
Networked Collaborative Tools
  • New options available to provide collaborative learning opportunities*
collaborative learning
Collaborative Learning
  • Consists of students working interactively in groups
    • using synchronous and asynchronous methods for student engagement and interaction
    • to complete activities, assignments, and projects*
computer supported collaborative learning
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • CSCL focus:
    • Enhance peer interaction in groups
    • Get students engaged in the content by working with others
    • Facilitate sharing and distribution of knowledge among the group
    • Enrich the social presence and interaction of the online community*
computer supported collaborative learning6
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Interactions occur through the use of computer-supported collaborative learning tools and techniques
    • Collaborative learning supported by technology
    • Use of technology enhances the process
  • Technology provides the opportunity for spontaneous collaboration
    • Technology coordinates this collaboration*
computer supported collaborative learning7
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Builds a networked community of learners
  • Provides learning spaces for knowledge sharing and knowledge building
    • Use group presentations and projects rather than passively absorbing information as an individual
  • Engages students in a problem-solving environment
  • Promotes synthesis and reflection of process
  • Provides text and audio archives of process*
computer mediated communication
Computer Mediated Communication
  • Allows real-time conferencing with students
  • Sessions options:
    • One-on-one tutoring
    • Small group
      • allow students to work in groups virtually
    • Large group
      • Instructor lead
      • Subject matter experts lead
  • Campus-based courses using a course web site can also benefit
    • Allows online students to meet virtually in the classroom with online students creating a learning hub*
computer mediated communication9
Computer Mediated Communication
  • Subject matter experts can become a major part of a course
    • communicate real-world experiences with students
    • provide feedback on concept applications *
collaborative learning spaces
Collaborative Learning Spaces
  • Recorded events
    • Tegrity
    • Narrated lectures
  • Live interactive events
    • Instant messaging
    • Desktop video conferencing*
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Computer Mediated Communication
  • Desktop video conferencing
    • specialized software and services for real-time communication, collaboration, instruction, and learning over the Internet
  • Provides
    • mode for collaborative visualization of instructional concepts in an online environment
    • medium for spontaneous, collaborative communication*
interactive features
Interactive Features
  • Two-way audio
  • One-way video
    • May be switched among participants
  • PowerPoint-based presentations (agendas)
  • Whiteboard
  • Application sharing
  • Web tours
  • Surveys/polls
  • Chat
  • Recording and archiving*
new assessment tools
New Assessment Tools
  • Desktop video conferencing surveys and quizzes
    • Provide formative feedback in synchronous sessions
      • improve content development
      • check student understanding
    • Report feature captures individual scores for grade reporting*
practical tips for cscl
Practical Tips for CSCL
  • Use an open ended collaborative task
    • Multiple perspectives
    • Multiple solutions
  • Group students providing guidelines and expectations
    • Use small groups such as dyads and triads
  • Choose transparent and user-friendly desktop video conferencing systems*

Veerman, A. & Veldhuis-Diermanse, E. (2001). Collaborative learning through computer-mediated communication in academic education. In the Proceedings of the Computer support for Collaborative Learning Conference (CSCL) 2001, Maastricht University, Holland. Presents four studies that all took place as part of an academic course, in which students had to work collaboratively on complex tasks by the use of a CMC system. 

grouping techniques
Grouping Techniques
  • Assignment of course content based on roles or enrollment status for the course
  • Distribution of roles and responsibilities in groups
  • Peer assessment and grading based on group developed scoring guides*
online collaborative learning articles
Online Collaborative Learning Articles
  • Central Queensland University

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Computer Mediated Communication
  • Desktop video conferencing can also support campus activities
    • recruitment of new students
    • conduct campus meetings
    • training and support of faculty with instructional technology across campus and around the globe*
management issues
Management Issues
  • Licensing
  • Hosting
  • Session requests*
planning for integration
Planning for Integration
  • Courses using this technology should market technology requirements with the course description
    • Webcam and headset--$50
  • Users must make certain they complete the system check on the computer they will use for the course
  • Instructors should prepare an agenda for sessions in advance*
what s available and the cost
What’s Available—and the Cost?
  • One-on-one tutoring
    • Free video and/or audio conferencing capability of IM services
  • Video conferencing providers
    • Centra
    • Horizon Live
    • Elluminate
    • Placeware
    • WebEx
    • Tegrity
    • Click2Learn
    • Interwise
    • Macromedia Breeze*

Darla Runyondrunyon@mail.nwmissouri.eduDr. Roger Von

Center for Information Technology in EducationNorthwest Missouri State University