<ul><li>A teleconference is a simple and cost-effective way to communicate between two single sites or to multiple sites and users . </li></ul><ul><li>An audio teleconference alive two-way conversation using telephone line or satellites contact people at different location. </li></ul>Audio Teleconference :
Tool: The device can be connected to any computer that is being used by a meeting host as long as that user is both dialed into the phone and broadcasting.
Equipment for Audio Teleconferencing: <ul><li>• Telephone • Desktop units (speaker phones) for inter-office conferencing. • Portable audio systems with tabletop microphones for a group of people in an ordinary room environment . </li></ul><ul><li>• Installed audio systems in acoustically treated teleconference rooms. </li></ul>
Advantages: <ul><li>Inexpensive: All of the audio/voice technologies are relatively inexpensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use : Almost everyone is comfortable using a telephone and an audio cassette. With voice technologies, there is no software to install and no hardware to configure! </li></ul><ul><li> Easily accessible. </li></ul>
Limitation: <ul><li>Not conducive to visual information: Many students find it hard to focus and learn strictly through audio input. In addition, audio-only format restricts the content that can be conveyed (abstract concepts are very difficult to convey through audio). </li></ul><ul><li>May be impersonal: With audio-only interactions, there is no eye contact and no body language. Students may be "turned off" by a talking box. </li></ul><ul><li>May require scheduling. </li></ul>