THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, WEST INDIES FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND EDUCATION SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Web Conferencing Tools Simple tools and strategies for modeling, teaching and learning at a distance
Objectives • At the end of our time together we would have : • Defined what web conferencing (WC) is • Explored the literature on some best practices using some common synchronous and asynchronous tools • Experienced what Technology Integration resembles in the 21st Century Virtual Classrooms • Noted some essential conditions that facilitate web –conferencing in the digital age • Interacted with some some free and simple technologies that can be used in conjunction with WC tools
Web conferencing is …… • ...a form of real-time or synchronous communications in which multiple computer users, all connected to the Internet, see the same screen in their Web browsers. • Some Web conferencing systems include features such as texting, VoIP (voice over IP) and full-motion video.” http://searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com/definition/Web-conferencing
Why use web conferencing tools…… • “Several academics identified the need for web-conferencing to enable effective synchronous pedagogies for distance teaching and learning” • (Bower & Hellsten, 2010) • Research that supports the use of conferencing tools in blended and online learning.(Brown & Munger, 2010) http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=3730893&height=267&width=200
Benefits of web conferencing…. • More “presence for the instructor and materials” • Supports the use of diverse media and materials • Enables connection not just with students, but with content experts in other locations • Fosters increased interaction with students, greater sense of community
Web Conferencing facilitates… • ...multimodal collaboration. • .. allows teachers and students to be brought together in a synchronous manner whereby they can hear each other’s voice, share files, make presentations, chat, broadcast their desktop and collaboratively author.
Added benefits of web conferencing using a blended mode…. • Capitalize on experiences and new technologies at the same time • Use the right tool for each job and by-pass some weaknesses of each delivery method • Support even more diverse content and materials: WWW, PowerPoint/Prezis, Web2.0 technologies, A/V equipment
Essential conditions for effective Web Conferencing for the host… • Know the tool • Test first • Establish structure and protocols • Don’t twiddle • Avoid audio or camera sickness • Write large • Use visual aids
Essential conditions for effective Web Conferencing for the host… • Remember this is the real thing • Prepare for the least common denominator • Minimize content distractions • Become familiar with the Sites- ( for VC) • Model behaviour • Take a break • Be multi-modal • Assess your progress
Good Web Conferencing Practice Resembles this for the participant… • Preparing early • Position for audio or video • Prepare the Conference Space • Make Eye Contact • Prioritize Audio • Remember you are being heard, and may be on camera • Anticipate problems
Free Web Conferencing Tools…. • Mikogo (Absolutely Free!) • Yugma (Free with Limited features)w Skype • YuuGuu (Free with Limited features) • OpenMeetings (Free) • WebHuddle (Free) • Vyew (Free with Limited Features) • Adobe ConnectNow (Free with Limited features) • Microsoft Live Meeting
Tools that can be used in conjunction with Skype as a WCT…. • LMSs-myeLearning • Vokis - • Wikis - collaboration • Course websites – vokis as management tools • Web recorders -large mp3 files produced • Web cameras – video conferences • Dropboxes – large files are stored and shared • E-Whiteboards
Web Conferencing with free tools 4 communication and collaboration • Other communicative and collaborative tools to support teaching in the online environment can be found at this link http://www.techlearning.com/article/34196
Collaborative learning environments …. • …are set to take hold in education in the very near future, with mobile devices, game-based learning, and other education technologies to follow suit in the next few years, according to the 2010 Horizon Report, released by the New Media Consortium (NMC).
Top collaboration sites…. • Some top collaborative sites can be found at http://www.techlearning.com/article/34196
Acknowledgements • Brown, R., & Munger, K. (2010). Learning Together in Cyberspace: Collaborative Dialogue in a Virtual Network of Educators. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(4), 541-571. • Bower, M., & Hellstén, M. (2010). An Institutional Study of Learning and Teaching Using Web-Conferencing. Paper presented at the Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010, Penang, Malaysia. • http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/live-meeting-help/demo-microsoft-office-live-meeting-HA010240323.aspx • http://www.techlearning.com/article/34196 • http://open-tube.com/7-free-web-conferencing-tools