Sultan Qaboos University College of Education Department of Instructional & Learning TechnologiesWeb Conferencing Done by:- Amina Al-Manwari (86495) Sara Al-Qassmi (86416)
Outline Definition of web conferencing. Objectives of using web conferencing in DE. Features and limitations web conferencing. Uses web conferencing in DE. Concerns of using web conferencing in DE. Example of web conferencing. Case study about using web conferencing in DE.
Definition of Web conferencing Web conferencing is used to conduct live meetings or presentations over the Internet. In a web conference, each participant sits at his or her own computer and is connected to other participants via the internet. This can be either a downloaded application on each of the attendees computers or a web-based application where the attendees will simply enter a URL (website address) to enter the conference.
Objectives of using web conferencing in DE Provide real time communication with the instructors. Enhance communication and collaboration among students. Using different way for delivery the content( text, audio, pictures and video) Finding a common time for class discussions with all students. Contacting with huge number of students by this technology. Support students’ understanding of the content. encourage students to engage with learning and support peer activities
Features of Web Conferencing allows real-time point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers. It offers information of text-based messages, voice and video chat to be shared simultaneously, across geographically dispersed locations. cost saving.
Features of Web Conferencing Slide show presentations - where images are presented to the audience and markup tools and a remote mouse pointer are used to engage the audience while the presenter discusses slide content. Live or Streaming video - where full motion webcam, digital video camera or multi-media files are pushed to the audience.
Features of Web Conferencing VoIP (Real time audio communication through the computer via use of headphones and speakers) Web tours - where URLs, data from forms, cookies, scripts and session data can be pushed to other participants enabling them to be pushed though web based logons, clicks, etc. This type of feature works well when demonstrating websites where users themselves can also participate.
Features of Web Conferencing Meeting Recording - where presentation activity is recorded on the client side or server side for later viewing and/or distribution. Whiteboard with annotation (allowing the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation. Or, simply make notes on a blank whiteboard.) Text Chat- For live question and answer sessions, limited to the people connected to the meeting. Text chat may be public (echoed to all participants) or private (between 2 participants).
Features of Web Conferencing Polls and surveys (allows the presenter to conduct questions with multiple choice answers directed to the audience) Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing (where participants can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen. Some screen sharing applications allow for remote desktop control, allowing participants to manipulate the presenters screen, although this is not widely used.)
Limitation of Web Conferencingo Security BreachesTheres always some kind of security risk to communication carriedout online. In addition to the threat of hackers, youll also havelimited control over people who may overhear the conference.o Technical DifficultiesMost online web conference hosting services are all-encompassingand require that attendees have a computer, Internet connection andlogin information. Youll also need to utilize the planning andinvitation stages to ensure that attendees have everything they mayneed to fully participate, such as microphones, Cameras, socialmedia accounts or any other applications.
Limitation of Web Conferencingo time differences because in DE we have many students from different regions or countries so the instructor have to find proper time for all students or record the meeting for some students.o focus on the technology rather than the dialogue.
Uses of Web conferencing in DE Most of distance institution are using web conferencing to live interaction between instructor and students for explaining the content, discussing and asking questions. Exchange knowledge and experience with other students. Sharing the presentation and computer screens for more understanding of the content. facilitate synchronous communication by using text, audio and/or video.
Uses of Web conferencing in DE The real-time desktop-sharing features of web conferencing allow the students to meet and work collaboratively over the Internet . Using web conferencing to Record meetings (Both the audio and video portions of a web conference can be recorded, archived and replayed later). Providing quicker and clearer feedback when discussing questions and concerns.
Users concerns about using Web Conferencing Teachers from University of Southern Queensland (USQ)concern about focus of web conferencing as technology rather than as pedagogical aspects. Another USQ teachers said that teachers new to the tool would require further support, and the fourth asked for more one-on-one support. Some USQ teachers who experienced difficulties with equipment (e.g., an ineffective headset) decided not to use web conferencing with their studentsbecause they thought they could not rely on theTechnology.
Users concerns about using Web Conferencing Concern about time allocations for preparation and facilitation, as well as staff and student training to become proficient in the use of the tools. Several USQ academic staff identified that it is often impossible to find mutually agreeable time slots that accommodate all students and that this needs to be factored in from the outset and for equity reasons, alternatives must be made available.
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Case study research title(Using Synchronous Web Conferencing to EnhanceSituated Distance Learner Experience in BuiltEnvironment Context) Researcher name(Niraj Thurairajah)
Summary of the case study the problem statement of this research is to explore theeffect of Using Synchronous Web Conferencing to EnhanceSituated Distance Learner Experience in Built EnvironmentContext. The research instrument was a survey of 12graduate distance learning courses with in the UK builtenvironment higher education institutes. The focus of thesurvey is on student experiences of studying with thesupport of online web conferencing software,ElluminateLive! Findings indicate that distance learningstudy is overwhelmingly enhanced by the use ofsynchronous conferencing. Equally, however, studentsderive significant benefit from being able to accessrecordings of synchronous sessions.