A Case Study of One-to-One Video-Conferencing Education over the Internet

A Case Study of One-to-One Video-Conferencing Education over the Internet

Hock C. Chan (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Bernard C.Y. Tan (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Wei-Ping Tan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-931777-04-9.ch024
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Abstract

In a traditional classroom, students learn from the physical delivery of classes, which to a great extent depends on the teaching techniques employed by the instructor. In a virtual classroom, the physical delivery of classes depends not only on the teaching techniques chosen but also very much on the technologies used to deliver the teaching materials (Cyrs, 1994). With the increasing use of virtual classrooms, technologies have become a critical component affecting teaching and learning effectiveness (Alavi, 1994). Advances in information and communication technologies have significantly changed the ways students learn, the ways instructors teach and the means with which both parties access information (Leidner and Jarvenpaa, 1993). Virtual classrooms have been investigated in the context of tele-learning (e.g., Alavi et al., 1995; Wheeler et al., 1995) and video-conferencing (e.g., Kydd and Ferry, 1994; Webster, 1998). While such technologies have allowed an instructor to deliver formal classes to students from another geographical location, these classes can be supplemented by informal computer-mediated interaction among the instructor and students through electronic mail or bulletin boards (Leidner and Jarvenpaa, 1995). Advances in internet technologies have opened up new ways for interaction among the instructor and students. For example, the instructor can now place the course materials on the World Wide Web for students to access.

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