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VC IP in Learning


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VC IP in Learning

  1. 1. Using Videoconferencing For Learning Dr Wolfgang Greller Mary Mackay
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Range of courses from HNC to PhD </li></ul><ul><li>UHI’s catchment area is the size of Belgium or one fifth of the UK </li></ul><ul><li>60+ Learning Centres in remote areas and islands </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership of 15 colleges and research institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest users of videoconferencing in the UK </li></ul>
  3. 3. The UHI network Linked by Technology + Supported by people
  4. 4. VC history in UHI <ul><li>1996 – 2001: H.320 ISDN-based Uses Network PBX Room-based systems Needs network-wide scheduling and room timetabling </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – onwards: H.323 IP-based Uses network directly Room or person oriented ILS service to find people ILS should be tied in to login ID </li></ul>
  5. 5. VC setup in UHI ISDN IP Gateway external H.323 H.320
  6. 6. <ul><li>Distributed Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Working </li></ul><ul><li>Mixing and matching the technology audio- & videoconferencing, e-communication </li></ul>VC environment
  7. 7. Usage statistics Use of UHI VC bridge (multipoint only) *projected
  8. 8. Room-based vs desktop Room-based Desktop Ideal for one-on-one meetings Shared document editing Informal communication Low visual presence Medium to large size seminars More diversity available Increased privacy More formal Mixed desktop/VC room Linking from desk to a conference Bring in guest expert
  9. 9. Use of videoconferencing To support teaching and learning directly through: <ul><li>Delivery of front-end lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative sessions and seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Student advice and support </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing in outside expertise </li></ul>To support teaching and learning indirectly through: <ul><li>Course team meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Support committees </li></ul>
  10. 10. Use of videoconferencing Stimulating student participation Choice of delivery tools (VCR, document camera) Broadcast ‘newsreader’ and/or broadcast classroom Preparation of VC sessions Fallback solutions Pedagogic challenges
  11. 11. Summary Second-best choice to live teaching – but only solution for some people Videoconferencing is no stand-alone solution