An institutional evaluation of web-conferencing and its impact on learning and teaching processes

Matt Bower, John Hedberg

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    Abstract

    This paper evaluates the use of a web-conferencing system across several courses in a large multi-discipline university. Students and teachers were asked about their experience and, in particular, how the web-conferencing system contributed to learning and teaching. The overwhelming majority of students and teachers agreed that web-conferencing was able to both improve access to learning and increase the level of interactivity experienced. The large majority of students and teachers were satisfied with both the system overall and the individual tools, however audio, bandwidth and connectivity were an issue for some. Open-ended responses from teachers elucidate the importance of having adequate technological and pedagogical capabilities to teach using web-conferencing, and the critical need for professional development to support the transition to teaching in this environment. Teachers found the workload associated with teaching using web-conferencing was manageable, and nearly 80% of students indicated that they would be more likely to choose subjects that used web-conferencing. The paper also explores challenges and potentials of using web-conferencing, particularly as a means of seamlessly blending face-to-face and remote participants.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOld meets new - media in education
    Subtitle of host publicationjoint conference : 61st International Council for Educational Media (ICEM) and the XIII International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE) : proceedings
    EditorsAntónio Moreira, Maria José Loureiro, Ana Balula, Fernanda Nogueira, Lúcia Pombo, Luís Pedro, Pedro Almeida
    Place of PublicationAveiro, Portugal
    PublisherUniversity of Aveiro
    Pages541-554
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9789727893478
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventInternational Council for Educational Media (61st : 2011) and the International Symposium on Computers in Education (13th : 2011) - Aveiro, Portugal
    Duration: 28 Sep 201130 Sep 2011

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Council for Educational Media (61st : 2011) and the International Symposium on Computers in Education (13th : 2011)
    CityAveiro, Portugal
    Period28/09/1130/09/11

    Keywords

    • accessibility
    • interactivity
    • learning design
    • web-conferencing

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    Bower, M., & Hedberg, J. (2011). An institutional evaluation of web-conferencing and its impact on learning and teaching processes. In A. Moreira, M. J. Loureiro, A. Balula, F. Nogueira, L. Pombo, L. Pedro, & P. Almeida (Eds.), Old meets new - media in education: joint conference : 61st International Council for Educational Media (ICEM) and the XIII International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE) : proceedings (pp. 541-554). Aveiro, Portugal: University of Aveiro.