Augmenting Online Learning with Real-Time Conferencing: Experiences from an International Course
|Forfattere||Bjørn Erik Munkvold, Deepak Khazanchi and Ilze Zigurs|
|Institusjon||University of Agder, University of Nebraska at Omaha|
AbstraktThis paper reports experiences from the use of real-time conferencing to support synchronous class
interaction in an international online course. Through combination of video, audio, application sharing
and chat, the students and instructors engaged in weekly interactions in a virtual classroom. This created
an environment for rich interaction, augmenting the traditional use of course repositories. Further, this
gave the students hands-on experience with real-time conferencing tools which are increasingly common
in the workplace. The paper also discusses experienced challenges related to combining the use of
multiple synchronous communication channels and presents implications for further use of real-time
conferencing in online courses.
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