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The Integration of Teleconferencing in Distance Teaching


Teleconferencing is a discussion by telephone among individuals and groups of people in two or more locations for the purposes of instruction and conducting meetings. Audio conferencing connects people by voice alone, audiographic conferencing allows people to speak and to exchange text and graphics over the telephone line, and video conferencing allows people to speak and to see each other live on a television screen. The advantage of teleconferencing is that it brings together people who are far apart, quickly and in a cost-effective manner. The disadvantages are that communication from face-to-face contact is lost and sound quality must be very high. An effective teleconference includes good audio equipment, trained personnel, and well-prepared support materials. There are a number of examples of the use of teleconferencing in distance education including the German Post Office, Roche Laboratories, the Conference Call in Turkey, and the British Open University. Future uses of teleconferencing will be developed through the Integrated Services Digital network (ISDN), a newly-developed communication system based on the telephone, computer and modem, and television. This presentation concluded with a brief description of teleconferencing in Turkey and a live example of an audio teleconference connecting the conference room with three other locations, one in the United States and two in Turkey. (17 references) (DB)


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