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Annexe 2 : Summaries of Current Training Resources

Author : Burge, E., & Roberts, J.(1993)

Title: Classrooms with a difference : A Practical Guide to use of Conferencing Technologies

Publisher: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Summary:
Initial Section : Teaching Needs

An in depth look at the learning and teaching process with respect to different type of distance conferencing. The book is split into an initial section on the theory of teaching and learning, and a second section which covers the different types of distance learning technologies. The book identifies four different models to teaching .

However, these points are not well followed up in the second half of the book. This makes it difficult to decide which of the above methods can be most effectively applied to distance education.

Second Section : Training Needs

A number of different distance education technologies are covered. Each contains a checklist which concerns the physical and social aspects of the media:

Areas not covered

The manual does not seem to address how to incorporate the methods of teaching that it describes in to the conferencing media it advocates. It does not include any pedagogical examples of the different educational uses for video conferencing. In its chapter on compressed video conferencing, it stresses that users of the media must be prepared for a learning curve when using the system. However, it does not appear to address this need.

Author : Edinburgh University Computing services (1994)

Title: The SuperJANET Video Network - Users Guide

Publisher: Edinburgh University Computing Services, Issue 1.1 16.05.94

This document is a good example of a resource which does not address user needs. It briefly defines video conferencing, and then gives a step by step guide for organising a video conference using SuperJANET. This guide contains instructions on the necessary paperwork for organising a video conference. There are no details on how to set- up the hardware, when to use the system, or what possible problems may occur. In short, this is actually a guide on how to book a video conference, not how to use the technology.

Author : Goldstein, J. & Goldstein, J.(1993)

Title: Video Conferencing Secrets

Publisher: NAVITAR Inc., NY

This manual is a document detailing how to improve presentation skills. It has been aimed at the use of Video Conferencing in business in particular. The book is well laid out in small, manageable sections with brief paragraphs stressing each point clearly and effectively. However, it has little scope for anything other than presentations on broadcast quality video conference systems. This book contains no information on dialogues, interactions across sites, or other communication issues. It covers only one way presentation from one site, and should be seen as a book on television broadcasting secrets, rather than on video conferencing secrets.

Author : Meredith, S.(1993)

Title: Video Conferencing in Education and Business : A manual for users and studio managers

Publisher: University of New England Distance Education and Open Learning Centre

The New England University video conferencing manual is a comprehensive guide to video conferencing in business and education, supporting both end users and technical studio managers. It contains relevant and useful sections on :

This manual gives good advice to users of video conferencing. However, despite its excellent content, it is quite difficult to read, perhaps due to the amount of information contained within it. Of the training resources studied, this was the one which best met users needs. Many of the points reproduced in the step by step minimal manual came from within this resource.

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