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Challenges and Opportunities of Distance Learning Using Adobe ConnectPro and WebexAbstractWhen faced with the challenges of a long commute combined with treatment for a seriousillness, this author turned to the use of internet-based technology to present course material. Asan advocate for a highly interactive classroom, doubts surfaced as to the potential success ofteaching “outside the classroom,” with little or no face-to-face time with students. Beyond thestandard means of one-way communication (e.g., email, FirstClass, BlackBoard), what wasdesired was a truer classroom feel – with two-way, real-time interaction between the instructorand students. What resulted was an experimental course delivery mechanism using Cisco’sWebEx. For an entire semester, two courses were delivered from the author’s home office to alarge room equipped with two inexpensive webcams. Student assessments are provided to showthe relative success of these courses, despite the early challenges of the technology. Of particularnote were the assessments from students who used English as a second language whocommented favorably about session recordings; because they were able to rewind and play eachclass back, they found note-taking and material comprehension greatly enhanced.Additionally, when a course in Alternative Energy was proposed for the fall semester, a largeresponse was immediately generated from Professional Engineers throughout the State of Mainewho needed to complete Professional Development Hours (PDHs) toward license renewal. Byrecognizing how a need for public outreach might be met by such a course, a similar internet-based course delivery system, Adobe ConnectPro, was utilized to teach both in-class studentsand others across the country. This paper focuses on the use of these two media to create anenhanced environment for off-campus online participants. It also focuses on the challenges facedwhile teaching in such an environment and the potential opportunities it presents.
Pearse, J. R. (2011, June), The Use of Webex and Adobe ConnectPro to Teach EET Courses in Various Scenarios and the Challenges and Opportunities that these Technologies Present in Course Delivery Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18620
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