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Synchronous Communication

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Definition of synchronous communication, and the technologies utilized as part of synchronous communication.

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Synchronous Communication

  1. 1. Synchronous Communication Tanya – Video Conferencing Amna – Instant Messaging Maria – Virtual Classrooms
  2. 2. Definition • Communication in ‘real time’. • Includes – Video Conferencing – IM (Instant Messaging) – Virtual Classrooms According to Hrastinski (2008) quot;Synchronous sessions help e-learners feel like participants rather than isolates...quot;.
  3. 3. Skype • Overview • Founded in 2003 • Uses VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology which allows voice communication over IP networks e.g the Internet. • Software is free to download. • Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls • Cheaper local, national and international rates • Incorporates the use of Instant Messaging. • In 2008, Skype recorded 405 million user accounts and 33.7 million active daily users.
  4. 4. System Requirements or Restrictions • Both users must download Skype. • Users must have a headset with a microphone. • To make video calls, users must have a webcam. • Skype requires users to be online at the same time.
  5. 5. Example of Skype in a Learning Environment EChinese Learning • Learning a language via distance education. • Incorporates face-to-face learning using Skype as a video conferencing tool Benefits • Learning can be ‘anytime, anywhere’ – learning more accessible • Video-conferencing mirrors a traditional classroom – makes learning more comfortable. • Learning in ‘real-time’ allows for instant feedback.
  6. 6. Disadvantages • Learners must be online at the same time. • Time differences can be an issue. • Technology sometimes fails • Time is limited
  7. 7. Instant Messaging (IM) • What is IM? • Examples of IM in use • Benefits • System restrictions & requirements • Disadvantages or Challenges • Recommendations
  8. 8. Benefits of NotesBuddy • Communication efficiency • Work efficiency • Free
  9. 9. Disadvantages/Issues NotesBuddy vs. Sametime Continually being developed NotesBuddy is free
  10. 10. System Requirements or Restrictions of IM
  11. 11. Recommendations for the appropriate integration of IM into the workplace • Authentic • Security • Anti Virus • Special Features • System Requirements
  12. 12. Global Virtual Classroom • Overview • Founded in 1996 • Collection of free, online educational activities and resources • Aimed at students aged 7-18 years old • Free to schools anywhere in the world • Conducted completely online • Incorporates the use of chat, instant messaging and video conferencing • Approximately 29,000 students and 1300 teachers participate from over 500 schools and 50 countries
  13. 13. System Requirements or Restrictions • Users have to be a member of Global Virtual Classroom • Students need to be online at the same time • Schools need access to Internet Explorer, headphones and video camera
  14. 14. Benefits • Connects students from around the world • Teaches students cross-communication skills • Provides students with useful computer skills • Offers challenging goals and activities • Safe and secure online environment • Offers tips, guidance and online support
  15. 15. Disadvantages • Technology can fail • Time zones • Motivation of students • Everyone has different learning styles
  16. 16. Recommendations • Technologies should not be used on their own. • Should be used in conjunction with a traditional learning environment. • A variety of learning techniques should be used to cater to individual learning styles.

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