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Videoconferencing: Expanding the Boundaries of the Classroom

Teaching and learning continues to expand beyond the boundaries of the university campus. As university courses continue to be delivered at a distance, videoconferencing has become more popular. Videoconferencing has been in use for years at the University of Oregon, but we're now seeing a rapid expansion in how we use videoconferencing to meet, teach, and work with colleagues in Eugene, Portland, Bend, and around the world.

Videoconferencing gives instructors and students new ways to approach the challenges of teaching and learning at a distance; it also presents some challenges of its own. What does this mean for course development at the UO? What type of support is available for faculty to teach using videoconferencing?

The University of Oregon Libraries supports broadcast and videoconferencing at its various locations around the state of Oregon. For more information about how to set up a videoconference session at the University of Oregon, and to find additional tips and resources:

Selected Resources (NOTE: The below links will open in a new browser tab or window)

Lessons from a Videoconferenced Course
From the CAUSE/EFFECT journal archives
Volume 22, Number 3 1999.

There is a tendency for educators to attempt to use new technologies to replicate the traditional classroom experience. However, new technologies offer new learning experiences for students and require different skills of the teachers. The author shares lessons learned from his participation in a synchronous videoconferenced course delivered through CA*Net2. The article offers the following advice for successful video courses: involve teachers at the stage of technical testing, involve teachers at the stage of developing the curriculum, work out the intellectual value and copyright issues before the class begins, and have a backup for the primary technology.

The Evolution of Web Conferencing (PDF logoPDF file)

The evolving technologies committee is charged with identifying and monitoring evolving technologies and their impact on higher education institutions. This submission is on web conferencing.

Innovative Teaching: Sharing Expertise through Videoconferencing (PDF logoPDF file)
by Michael Lück and Gerard Michael Laurence
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v2 n1 Oct-Nov 2005

Guest lectures are a valuable resource in higher education. However, shrinking budgets make it difficult to bring in experts from remote areas of the globe. Videoconferencing, Michael Luck and Gerard Laurence believe, may be a cost-effective way to bring experts to the classroom. Luck and Laurence describe their 2003 study that formally evaluated the educational benefits of videoconferencing. They also developed, along with their research partner Smart Technologies, two technology solutions to help instructors manage a videoconference event and share presentation materials more easily. While they identify some technical glitches, they conclude that videoconferencing provides an excellent, cost-effective learning opportunity that benefits students, instructors, and their institutions. (Abstract description retrieved from Education Resources Information Center)