Blended synchronicity: uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools
Report Publication Date: N/A
Primary Project Leader
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)
Source: Innovation & Development
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 project will identify, characterise, and evaluate technology-enhanced ways of bringing together on-campus and geographically dispersed students and engaging them in media-rich synchronous collaborative learning experiences. A base of innovative practices in the use of desktop video-conferencing, web-conferencing and 3D virtual worlds will be compiled, and in conjunction with a capability analysis of the technologies will lead to the development of a framework for tool selection and use plus a collection of exemplar learning designs. Working with members of a practitioner network established at the project outset, six case-study implementations will be supported, monitored and evaluated to trial and refine the technology capabilities framework and exemplar designs while simultaneously generating practical guidelines for staff. Outcomes will be disseminated through a handbook, webinar series and nationwide workshops.
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