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Applications Of Leapfrog Teleconferencing Technologies To Distance Learning

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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Engineering Technology Poster Session (1547)

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3.102.1 - 3.102.12

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Eric J. Addeo DeVry Institute

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One of the most promising applications of videoconferencing is distance learning, where videoconferencing is used to communicate between an instructor and remote students. This can be useful in many situations where it is impossible or expensive to gather an instructor and students in the same room. Distance learning systems could be used to allow home bound students to keep up with their studies, or for students to attend specialized classes not held within their school. Videoconferencing could also be used for students within a classroom to communicate with outside experts, or to work together with students in other classrooms. In addition to these scenarios, teleconferencing could be used to offer classes to remote students as part of continuing education programs. In the work environment, distance learning systems could deliver training courses to employees within their offices, or in their homes.

Current videoconferencing technology is insufficient for supporting truly engaging Educational interchange, for two reasons. First, it is difficult for students to become fully immersed in a remote learning environment. Second, an instructor cannot interact smoothly and successfully with more than a few remote students.

New and truly compelling leapfrog technologies are emerging from telecommunications research laboratories in the United States and in other parts of the world that are changing the landscape of distance educational capabilities. These new teleconferencing technologies provide the means for addressing both of the aforementioned problems, by allowing remote students to control their view of the classroom, and allowing the instructor to merge multiple video streams from different locations to construct a virtual classroom.

Addeo, E. J. (1998, June), Applications Of Leapfrog Teleconferencing Technologies To Distance Learning Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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