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LearnCanada: Final Summative Evaluation Report

Explores how CA*net3 can be used to create a broadband enabled learning community for the Canadian k-12 educational system.

 


'Project Voice' Enables Teenagers in U.S., Iraq to Share Viewpoints

A videoconference between students from an American high school and a Iraqi high school had the opportunity to discuss the impact of a potential conflict. The students were also able to discuss other issues that they deal with on a daily basis and thus provide a social discourse in the lives of teens in both countries.

 


'Windows on the World'

The Broward Education Communications Network, situated in Ft Lauderdale Florida, successfully employed a 'Windows on the World' videoconference initiative in 2000. The objective of the program was to integrate a deeper understanding of different cultures through the use of videoconference technology.

 


A Critical Look at the Use of Videoconferencing in United States Distance Education

This article focues specifically on the use of videoconference technology in the United States. The author examines the successes and failures of distance based learning and how the future of education delivery through videoconference is likely to grow evern further and faster based on the exponential growth of broadband networks.

 


A Needs Assessment and a Design for a Distance Education System: The Rural Advanced Community of Learners (RACOL)

The Rural Advanced Community of Learners (RACOL) provide a needs-based assessment for rural students. Click here for the Word doc.

 


A Practical Guide to Videoconferencing

Challenges and benefits to using videoconference technolgy through case studies. Click here for a downloadable pdf file.

 


ABEL: Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning

This web resource explores how broadband technology can be utilized to augment teaching practices.

 


Are There Vultures Among Us? Is the Recent Re-Emergence of Videoconferencing Suspect?

Rationale for using videoconferencing as the alternative to frequent travelling and lowering the associated costs.

 


Around the World in 24 Hours

Videoconference technology enable students to participate in a ambitious cross-continent adventure. More than 80 participants including students and parents will spend a night interacting with their international counterparts.

 


Can Videoconferencing Contribute to Teaching and Learning? The Experience of the Motivate Project

The Motivate Project uses Mathamatics as a basis to show how videoconferencing could be used to enrich the educational experience of mathematics students by connecting them with Mathmaticians.

 


Canadian Stories of Distant Cases: Audiographics Teaching and Learning of High School Physics in the RACOL Project (PDF)

Downloadable pdf - Case study of distance learning in Northern Alberta. Discusses some of the challenges and successes of utilizing technology to overcome geographical distances.

 


Challenges of Multisite Videoconferencing: The Development of an Alternative Teaching/Learning Model

Central Queensland University, in Australia, utilized videoconference technology to deliver course content in first year chemistry to three geographically distant campuses. This article explores the challenges involved in setting up a multi-site videoconference and the importance of devloping a good community of practices among a knowledgable staff base.

 


Converting Synchronous Instruction for Asynchronous Delivery (PDF)

Downloadable pdf - How instruction and instructional material (synchronous) can be prepared to be delivered to students who may miss regularly scheduled classes (asynchronous).

 


Design and Implementation of a Next Generation Distance Education System

Overcoming the barriers to distance education learning.

 


Developmentally Appropriate Technology in Early Childhood (PDF)

Downloadable pdf - A study which examines the effect of videoconferencing technology on the developmental limits of early childhood subjects (4 year olds).

 


Yabbies On-Line: East Meets West and Other Videoconferencing Adventures

Jo Tate discusses the new educational frontier that videoconference can deliver to enhance the instructional strategies employed by teachers.

 


Distance Learning Brings the World to Students in Remote Areas

Videoconference technology helped bridge geographical distances in both Austrailia and Kentucky in order to enhance the learning environment for the students. Kentucky utilized the VTEL videoconference system in order to set up an educational network and reduce the limits imposed by distance. Australia experienced similar geographical barriers to Kentucky and their own School of Isolated Distance Education (SIDE) employed technological solutions to combat the geographical distances. Videoconferencing provided a smart solution for their distance based learning concerns.

 


Economic Analysis of the Rural Advanced Community of Learners Project in Fort Vermillion

Rural Advanced Community of Learners Project (RACOL) - Utlizing videoconference technologies to bring students in separate geographic districts closer together.

 


Final Report of the Evaluation Team: Education Evaluation Sub-Group

Downloadable Word doc of the 'Final Report of the Evaluation Team: Education Evaluation Sub-Group.' Click here for the Word doc.

 


Global Nomads Group Relies on Videoconferencing to Connect Students Worldwide

The "Global Perspectives: One World, Many Celebrations" videoconference, set up by the Global Nomads Group, enabled students from different geographical and ethnic regions to discuss how they spend their holidays. Videoconference technology served to strengthen the mutual bonds that many cultural share without incurring significant costs.

 


Integrating Desktop Videoconferencing into Middle School Classrooms and Teacher Education

This study examines the reactions of subjects who participated in remote site activities via desktop videoconferencing.

 


Interacting at a Distance: Staff and Student Perceptions of Teaching and Learning Via Videoconferencing

Staff and students provide feedback to distance based learning via videoconferencing. The author also comments on how teaching strategies have to evolve/adapt to the changing realities of information delivery in order to maximize the benefits of videoconferences.

 


Interactive Videoconferencing Improves Performance of Limited English Proficient Students

How new technology can impact language barriers and help overcome communications issues.

 


Internet Town Hall Meeting Links Iraqi, U.S. Classrooms

A frank discussion between Iraqi and American students on the hostilities between the two nations and the impact of the war.

 


Issues in the Evaluation of Large-Scale Two-Way Interactive Distance Learning Systems

Analyzing Atlanta, Georgia's Statewide Academic and Medical System (GSAMS) as a large scale multi user network and the challenges it presents to its many users.

 


Learning Community Link: Enhancing Learning Using Telecommunication Technologies

Creating a new community of practice that could link educators and students through technology.

 


Videoconferencing Programs Let Students Explore the World Without Leaving the Classroom

Studens utilize videoconference technology to traverse great distances across the globe and visually observe parts of the earth that they only read about in books. The audio and visual information served to redefine how a student learns by providing them with real-time feedback from an expert in the field.

 


Videoconferencing in the Classroom Project

This project explores students attitudes, their ability to learn effectively and the teachers' experiences with videoconferencing. See also www.global-leap.com.

 


RACOL - Professional Development (PDF)

Downloadable pdf - Creating a community of practices among rural teachers in order to develop a strong skill set for utilizing e-communication tools.

 


RACOL: Rural Advanced Community of Learners

Website for RACOL - funded CANARIE.

 


Videoconferencing in K-12 Education: A Delphi Study of Characteristics and Critical Strategies to Support Constructivist Learning Experiences

Utilizing videoconference technology to augment constructivist learning experiences.

 


Providing Quality and Equitable Distance Education

This article examines whether or not geographical isolated regions have quality and equitable access to global education. Click
Partnership Learning: New Models of Videoconferencing in Education.

Collaborative efforts in the field of distance education have produced 'new models', called partnership learning, in the United States.

 


Videoconferencing Exposes Students to New Worlds

Utilizing distance learning technologies to expose students to new experiences without leaving the classroom. Students can examine environmentally sensitive areas without damaging ecosystems.

 


Videoconferencing Exposes Students to New Worlds

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WHMO) in New York take advantage of videoconference technology to provide students access to salt marsh ecosystems without damaging the sensitive environment. An evolution from the traditional method of taking a 'field trip', students can now take a 'virtual' trip and still enjoy the benefits of talking to experts in their respective fields.

 


Providing Quality Education in Remote, Rural Areas

Changing the way education is delivered in remote, rural areas through a new initiative aimed at closer integration between technology and participation. Click here for the Word doc.

 


Real Concerns on Distance Education When Distance is a Reality

Facing the challenges of distance learning and how to minimalize or avoid past negative experiences with videoconferences.

 


Reflections on a 10 Year Distance Learning Project: NYCLASSNET

An discussion on a 10 year study in the New York school district that evaluates the effectiveness of videoconferencing as a teaching resource. The NYClassNet provided students with access to resources beyond their immediate location and thus has the potential to change tradtional methods of information gathering and delivery. The author examines eight conditions which are vital to the success of a networked learning environment.

 


Students' Reactions to the Introduction of Videoconferencing for Classroom Instruction

An analysis of the videoconference experience for first time participants. Student reaction provided invaluable feedback on how to structure future videoconferences and better prepare both student and staff.

 


SuperNet to Enhance Learning Opportunities in Northern Alberta

Collaborative efforts between SuperNet and the Rural Advanced Community of Learners (RACOL) have brought new educational opportunities to some parts of Northern Alberta.

 


The ABEL Project Final Research and Evaluation Report (PDF)

Downloadable pdf - final research and evaluation report of the ABEL project (2004). Click here to download pdf.

 


The ABEL Project: First Interim Evaluation Report May 2003 (PDF)

Downloadable pdf - The first interim evaluation report, May 2003. Click here to download pdf.

 


The Effectiveness of Interactive Distance Education Technologies in K-12 Learning: A Meta-Analysis

A comparative analysis of numerous studies on the effect of videoconferencing and other technology based communication mediums on K-12 students.

 


U.S., Iraqi Teens Discuss Aftermath of War

A post-war videoconference between students in U.S. and students in Iraq. The American students had the opportunity to talk to survivors of a military assault and discuss what should happen next for the citizens of Iraqi. Videoconference technology provided both sides to do their own post-war analysis and gain valuable feedback from their counterparts.