on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 10, Issue 2, Article 15
The significance of using videoconferencing as distance learning tool
Use of videoconferencing can shorten the “distance” between the teachers and students if done well. It is different from the traditional way of single-sided teaching or teacher-oriented teaching in that videoconferencing can enhance the teacher-student interaction. However, in order to avoid abuse of ICT in teaching, teachers must be careful when videoconferencing is used. The problems of availability and accessibility must be solved. Teachers must feel comfortable using these facilities, but not see these as a burden or extra workload to them.
The part played by videoconferencing on computer supported learning
Since computers and the internet are used in the videoconferencing, this project could be classified as computer-supported. Students’ learning could be through ICT by retrieving information from internet websites and real-time, face-to-face contact. This kind of teaching is different from an open university programme as it has a strong element of interaction.
The part played by videoconferencing on collaborative learning
This project involved two schools working on the same topic, improving water quality, so the exchange of information and ideas brought the teachers and students closer together. The learning is described as collaborative as students of both schools can learn from each other by building knowledge, acquiring skills and fostering attitudes. Among the students in the same group, they were assigned a task, and each had to take his/her own job seriously in order to meet the deadline. After interacting for a period of time on the project, the students’ collaborative and team spirit soared to greater heights.
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