An Efficient Method of Supporting Interactions for an Integrated Distance Learning System

An Efficient Method of Supporting Interactions for an Integrated Distance Learning System

Shimon Sakai (Keio University, Japan), Naoaki Mashita (Keio University, Japan), Yasuhiro Yoshimitsu (Keio University, Japan), Hiroshi Shingeno (Keio University, Japan), Kenichi Okada (Keio University, Japan) and Yutaka Matsushita (Telecommunications Advancement Organization of Japan, Japan)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2004070101
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Abstract

In recent years, as the demand of taking lectures without the limitation of time and place by those who have jobs and require lifelong education grows, there are more and more expectations on the implementation of a distance learning system. However, in most of the existing asynchronous distance learning systems, the images shown on screen are limited to the images of the teacher with synchronized digital documents used in lectures. Since these systems have not been able to convey interactions between a teacher and students, the educational effectiveness is lower than the traditional lecture. This paper describes a distance learning system that supports interactions between a teacher and students in asynchronous distance learning. During synchronous distance learning, this system can record interactions automatically with XML. It can provide recorded interactions to students who are studying asynchronously. An important point to emphasize is not only synchronizing digital documents with recorded lecture video, but also synchronizing recorded interactions with digital documents and lecture video. Moreover in order to support interactions, this system also links similar questions together and can suggest the most meaningful question.

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