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Real Time Interaction Via The Web

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.834.1 - 6.834.12

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Floyd LeCureux

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Session 1458

Real Time Interaction Via the Web

Floyd LeCureux, California State University-Sacramento

This paper describes my teaching efforts at CSU-Sacramento in large enrollment classes, "Introduction to Computers"-15 sections, and "Exploring the Internet"- 4 sections. The lectures are transmitted via cable TV to the Sacramento community and recorded for later playback on the campus closed circuit television system. In addition, a software package from @Home called Portable Home Learning is used to allow real time participation of students via the internet during the lecture. The interaction allows for two-way video, whiteboard, chat and real time demonstrations via a web page during the lecture. Students can respond to questions created ahead of time or during the lecture in the form of Power Point slides. The instructor has a constant visual display of the status of students participating via the web. The instructor can actually "capture" any part of his/her computer screen and "push" it to a web page for viewing by distance students. A significant feature of the software is that students and faculty can participate from anywhere on the internet to anywhere on the internet. Of course better results are obtained when high speed communication lines are available; but, reasonable results are possible with standard modem speeds. The author has been using this software for two semesters and will describe the successes, difficulties and failures of the approach.

I. Introduction

After 30 years of teaching large enrollment classes via TV, I still find it difficult to define the essential elements of "Distance Education". In fact I find that we all have different definitions of what constitutes "Distance Education". Administrators want to define "Distance Education" classes separately from "Regular" classes; but, in today’s world I suggest that all, or at least most university classes have some element of "Distance Education". It is hard to imagine any student studying any subject today without making some use of technology to enhance the classroom environment. So, since all, or at least most, classes involve some elements of "Distance Education", we can forget the classification problem and concentrate on what tools can be used successfully to help provide a positive learning experience.

"Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 1,2001, American Society for Engineering Education"

LeCureux, F. (2001, June), Real Time Interaction Via The Web Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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