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“Can You Hear Me Now? Good!” Using Webcams and Blackboard to Create a Virtual Classroom
Introduction Who we are… Myrna Finn, Ed. D. Theatre & Speech Communication Department, Salem State College Christine Geiger, B.A. Educational Technology Specialist
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
If We Build It… They Will Come (and then what?) Time People Money Technology
Stumbling Blocks… Personnel support Platform costs Access to technology Tech support for students
Design Concerns Visual concerns Content presentation Group interaction
A-Ha! Solutions to Our Problems Non-verbal play MP3/video Content problems Vignettes created 1:1/small group still an issue…
They Came…… Our First “Explorers” … Fall 2002 Population First meeting Exhaustion factor!
This is the “Then What…” Samples: week four, week five, week six, week sevenweek fourweek fiveweek sixweek seven
Benefits of a Virtual Classroom Cut down on travel delays Reach out and touch everybody Intimacy Students as creative learners Community
Limitations of a Virtual Classroom Touch factor Non-verbal behaviors Managing classroom environment Content compromised
Technology Migraines Home vs. lab students “Zapping” interlopers CUWorld tech support Technology as obstacle & detractor
Feedback from the Explorers Interpersonal learnings Technology learnings “Lights on, nobody’s home…” Comfort level Technology as detractor
We asked: What happens when technology is pushed to its limits and creativity is harnessed in the service of education?”
To Teach, Or Not To Teach An Online Course Rewards Taking risks Abandon preconceptions
To Teach, Or Not To Teach An Online Course (continued) Stress! Support is key Advertise the course Does it deliver the goods?
And in the end… It all works in the end and we all live happily ever after (and are impeccable communicators!)
We’re Sure You Have Questions Let’s hear them!
Thank you for coming to our presentation! -- Myrna and Christine
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