Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Key features that characterize web conferencing systems include:
- Downloadable Software / Web-based
Whether the web conferencing system is software-based or web-based. Web-based systems run generally on all types of computers and require no software download or configuration.
- Text chat
A real-time text-based cat facility allowing synchronous communication among multiple users.
The ability to talk over the Internet. So called full-duplex systems allow for synchronous conversations while some older systems provide only for push-to-talk functionality.
The ability to show the contents of one's own screen in real-time to one r more distant users.
The ability to navigate web pages in synch with multiple distant users.
- Presentation Facility
A facility devoted to the delivery of PowerPoint presentations to online audiences.
- Whiteboard - Live annotation tools
These are dedicated to provide a whiteboard like experience where an empty canvas can be used to call up pictures, documents or diagrams and annotate over them in real-time.
Video facilities offer the ability to present in real-time one or multiple web conferencing participants through their web cams.
The ability to record the web conferencing in real-time including text chat exchanges, audio and the slides, web pages or other contents being presented.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
WebCT Vista (this is what we use in this course)
Writeboard - MBPozdol
Video Streaming and Screen Sharing
NCH Video Streaming
Hosted Servers/Virtual Servers
Open CourseWare (MIT for example)
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The first time i saw a commercial for online learning for little kids in middle school /high school it bothered me to no end. I can see how in some cases it might be of some use. But e-schools are something i just am not sold on and find it almost disturbing. School is not just about learning subject matter but much more than that and why parents would chose to keep kids away from it (except in some extreme circumstances such as health issues etc.)is beyond me.
Any way so this new trend of e-schools have some supporters in government and some real big opposition from many people in ohio including think tanks such as Innovation Ohio.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
As soon as I came back to work found the server down and everyone going crazy at the start of Intersession .
I found some good resources for Podcasting.
Good news:>> we (kent State) will be the first iTunes University in Ohio.We are going to have a big debut party for that at Kent State on 22 June. So that should be fun.
I have read quite a bit about podcasting etc.being the new craze but I sometimes do wonder if this is just a phase or its being used in the best way it possibly can and should everyone and anyone jump on this because its new and cool. Is there any research /data to prove it is significantly affecting teaching and more importantly learning.
I doubt it. Podcast to me are really good and effective if done in an innovative, creative ways for some creative ideas. concepts and fields of studies. They (video podcasts especially) are great for demonstrating ideas or concepts.
The re usability and the ability for students to go back and review a material over and over are great advantages. Again the quality of the podcast will depend on the instructor and there creativity, which (from what i have seen in things like simple voice over ppt etc )is questionable in many cases.
Just recording your lecture and put it on web is not enough and is probably waste of time if enough time and effort is not put in.
I am just starting to explore and understand all this.
University of Washinton seems to be doing lot of cool stuff with Podcasting , screencasting etc. You can read their blog HERE
An extremely comprehensive guide about Podcasting in education can be FOUND HERE
Monday, April 23, 2007
People who might not have access to microphone /internet at a certain time can still add audio files to their blogs or websites. I don't know of any other way to record phone conference call and publish it so easily.
My Gabcast posting:Phone records #1