Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich synchronous tools: A national project

Matt Bower, Gregor E. Kennedy, Barney Dalgarno, Mark Lee

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Twenty-first century university students find it increasingly difficult to commit to regular face-to-face classes, yet real-time interaction and collaboration are often essential to achieving successful learning outcomes. This paper outlines the authors' plans for a cross-institutional project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council aimed at identifying, characterising and evaluating technology-enhanced ways of bringing together on-campus and geographically dispersed students and engaging them in media-rich collaborative learning experiences. The project will focus on three synchronous technologies: desktop video conferencing, web conferencing and 3D virtual worlds. The paper first presents the rationale for the project, along with the main outcomes envisaged. The project's focus and methodology are then described, before concluding with a call for expressions of interest from members of the ascilite community wishing to join a network of practitioners and/or participate in case-study implementations thatwill be supported, monitored and evaluated as part of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2011)
EditorsB Cleland B Cleland
Place of PublicationTasmania, Australia
PublisherUniversity of Tasmania
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781862956445
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventASCILITE 2011: 28th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - Wrest Point, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 04 Dec 201107 Dec 2011


ConferenceASCILITE 2011
Abbreviated titleChanging demands, changing directions
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