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1 “Can You Hear Me Now? Good!” Using Webcams and Blackboard to Create a Virtual Classroom

2 Introduction Who we are… Myrna Finn, Ed. D. Theatre & Speech Communication Department, Salem State College Christine Geiger, B.A. Educational Technology Specialist

3 What Were We Thinking? Myrna’s Question: “What happens when technology is pushed to its limits and creativity is harnessed in the service of education?” Christine’s Reality

4 If We Build It… They Will Come (and then what?) Time People Money Technology

5 Stumbling Blocks… Personnel support Platform costs Access to technology Tech support for students

6 Design Concerns Visual concerns Content presentation Group interaction

7 A-Ha! Solutions to Our Problems Non-verbal  play MP3/video Content problems  Vignettes created 1:1/small group still an issue…

8 They Came…… Our First “Explorers” … Fall 2002 Population First meeting Exhaustion factor!

9 This is the “Then What…” Samples: week four, week five, week six, week sevenweek fourweek fiveweek sixweek seven

10 Benefits of a Virtual Classroom Cut down on travel delays Reach out and touch everybody Intimacy Students as creative learners Community

11 Limitations of a Virtual Classroom Touch factor Non-verbal behaviors Managing classroom environment Content compromised

12 Technology Migraines Home vs. lab students “Zapping” interlopers CUWorld tech support Technology as obstacle & detractor

13 Feedback from the Explorers Interpersonal learnings Technology learnings “Lights on, nobody’s home…” Comfort level Technology as detractor

14 We asked: What happens when technology is pushed to its limits and creativity is harnessed in the service of education?”

15 To Teach, Or Not To Teach An Online Course Rewards Taking risks Abandon preconceptions

16 To Teach, Or Not To Teach An Online Course (continued) Stress! Support is key Advertise the course Does it deliver the goods?

17 And in the end… It all works in the end and we all live happily ever after (and are impeccable communicators!)

18 We’re Sure You Have Questions Let’s hear them!

19 Thank you for coming to our presentation! -- Myrna and Christine


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