The WWW&OVER project: real-time distance education and the role of the Street Singer
Luigi Colazzo, Francesco Conte, Andrea Molinari, Univ. Of Trento, Italy
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The paper describes the present state of the WWW & Over project to design techniques for the remote control of hypermedia teaching materials. It reviews the main features of the new version of the prototype for distance teaching, where teacher and students interact at a distance in real time on teaching materials created by the teacher. Also described are the first experiments in real distance-teaching processes during a university course, the results of which show that transmitting the video image of the teacher - which is normally regarded as crucial for recreation of the 'real' classroom is not in fact indispensable. It was found instead that the teacher's voice and its coordination with his/her actions is essential for the success of a distance lesson. Since the project has applicative purposes in environments consisting of low-cost and low-performance networks, this finding on the one hand encourages experimentation with the techniques adopted by WWW & Over, while on the other it rules out the use of numerous systems based on audio/video streaming in view of the substantial delay that arises between the real event and its perception by users.
Colazzo, L., Conte, F. & Molinari, A. (2001). The WWW&OVER project: real-time distance education and the role of the Street Singer. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 303-308). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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