Re. Seeking collaborators for online teaching delivery development

Ian Carr-de Avelon (
Sat, 10 Jun 1995 16:23:11 +0000

I don't have an immediate solution for the problems
which David Winet highlights, and indeed my own needs
and aims are somewhat different. So this is a piece
aimed at widening the debate somewhat. I appreciate
that this may not be of interest to everyone sub-
scribed to CU-SeeMeL, so if a lot of response comes,
we should look for, or start, a new forum.
I think there are a lot of University lecturers
who have an idea for a course which could only be
made to pay if you had all the potential students in
the world. They think that it would be a good use of
all the Internet's spare bandwidth if they could go
and lecture their pet subject to a TV camera once or
twice a week. Unfortunately there is not all that
much spare bandwidth and new technology should be
used as an opportunity rethink teaching styles and
find applications where there is real positive advan-
tage. What is the aim of sending material which the
teacher has prepared in advance via the relatively
expensive medium of the Internet and especially if
that means the low resolution images of CU-SeeMe? Is
the possibility for a student to raise a question
during the lecture helpful when the students have
totally different backgrounds and therefore needs? My
own alma mater has done some work on allowing stu-
dents who would not normally have the chance to unde-
rtake group work to cooperate on projects through the
Internet, using CU-SeeMe with a radio-telephone for
I provide support to groups outside the Nether-
lands who use or sell our PC based software and hard-
ware for Science and Technology Education. Therefore
I would be quite happy with one to one tutorial poss-
ibilities via the net for most of the time. Some
posts to this list have talked about digitising areas
of the screen and sending these as CU-SeeMe video.
This along with audio seems to me to have incredible
possibilities, for anyone who wants to sort out prob-
lems with installation and use of software. If it
were available as a simple package I think every
software help line would adopt it immediately, with
the possibility to switch to a camera to let the
client see your lips move as just an extra way of
making it personal. Obviously for me there would be
additional advantage if I could show an experiment
and how the computer controls and monitors it. The
person at the other end could show me: contents of
directories, settings and results of their own work
even if they did not have a camera and video card.

* Ian Carr-de Avelon *
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* dept. of Physics Education *
* University of Amsterdam *
* Netherlands *