The practice of web conferencing: where are we now?

Loch, Birgit and Reushle, Shirley (2008) The practice of web conferencing: where are we now? In: 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2008): Hello! Where Are You in the Landscape of Educational Technology?, 30 Nov-3 Dec 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

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The use of web conferencing tools to support learning and teaching and facilitate interaction and collaboration is common in many higher education environments as is the
replacement of face-to-face meetings with virtual collaboration tools. This paper reports on Phase 3 of a trial of web conferencing conducted at a regional Australian university and further explores the use of web conferencing to support and enhance learning and teaching.
Preliminary findings from Phases 1 and 2 of the trial have been reported on in a previous paper. The action research method which framed the initial trial has again been applied to Phase 3. In Phase 1, collaborative mathematical problem-solving in an undergraduate course was carried out using web conferencing and tablet PCs. In addition, students in postgraduate Education courses were linked across the globe to participate in interactive and collaborative web conference activity. In Phase 2, a university-wide trial across disciplines was conducted. Phase 3 represents an analysis of feedback received from teachers who were involved in Phases 1 and 2 and who have had some time to reflect on the impact web conferencing has had on their teaching practice. From this, and their own experience, the authors make further observations regarding the use of web conferencing to support learning and teaching and raise a number of questions and issues to guide future research.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2008 Birgit Loch and Shirley Reushle. Published version desposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 12:34
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 00:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: web conferencing; action research; evaluation; collaboration
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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