|Published online: April 04, 2014||$US5.00|
Postgraduate learning no longer needs to be confined by geographical location. Traditional teaching methods have evolved with the aid of technology. Virtual, distant and collaborative learning environments have redefined the classroom experience. This paper more specifically examines using video conferencing technology within a postgraduate health informatics programme where students attend the same lecture from one of three classrooms located in different cities. The instructors deliver the course from one of the locations, while students in the other two sites interact with their instructors and other students via video conferencing. This paper discusses the setup, technological issues, knowledge management concerns, content sharing, collaboration methods, and alternate backup solutions as they were observed, from students’ and instructors’ perspectives. The dynamics of the video conference classroom interaction are explored in detail through an observational ethno-methodological study, and findings are triangulated using interviews, focus groups and a survey. Practical suggestions and key challenges are highlighted and recommendations are provided.
|Keywords:||Video Conference, Distance Learning, E-learning, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Teaching, Collaborative Learning, Content Sharing, Collaborative Learning, Ethno-methodology|
International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 20, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 04, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 969.344KB)).
Assistant Professor Health Informatics and Assistant Director Information and Communication Technology, Information Technology , Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dalhousie University graduate, Faculty of Health Informatics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada