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