INTERACTING AT A DISTANCE:
STAFF AND STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING VIA VIDEOCONFERENCING

Year: 1992

Author: Schiller, John, Mitchell, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Videoconferencing is a new form of communications technology which allows students and lecturers to interact at a distance. Its use is currently being explored at several universities, particularly Distance Education Centres, and at Technical and Further Education Colleges. Using nine Colleges of TAFE in South Australia as case studies, this paper explores the nature of videoconferencing, its major uses, and evolving, unique characteristics of teaching/learning methodologies for videoconferencing. Staff and student perceptions of the appropriateness of videoconferencing as an interactive medium will also be presented. The purpose of this paper is to explore staff and student perceptions of interacting at a distance via videoconferencing as it is currently used by the South Australian Department of Technical and Further Education (SA DETAFE). Advantages and disadvantages of using videoconferencing will be presented and an argument proposed for developing a teaching methodology which utilises the uniqueness of the medium.

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