Using live video conferencing to support blended learning

Project Number
NTU-EdeX-Using live video conf

Project Duration
January 2016 - March 2017

Status
Completed

Abstract
Video conferencing has the potential to combine the positive features of face-to-face (f2f) learning and online learning. This project aims to explore how to effectively design and conduct live video conferencing sessions in a blended learning course. More specifically, this project will investigate how to conduct video conferencing in different settings, what challenges teachers and students may face, and teachers' and students' perceptions such as their satisfaction, time commitment, technical problems and difficulties met and support needed. The project will be conducted in a master course at NIE. The settings of conducting video conferencing include: i) teacher's online presentation to a whole class;ii) individual students' online sharing with the rest of the class; iii) broadcasting an f2f session, where a small number of students (3-4) are present, to a large population (around 30) online; and iv) a few students (3-4) joining a live f2f session at remote places. The video conferencing tool will be Zoom.us. The project will last for two semesters. In the first semester, 4 sessions will use video conferencing for an hour each. Feedback will be collected at the end of each session. Strategies used in various settings will be revised at the end of the semester and tested again in the following semester. Based on the observation and feedback collected, effective strategies for designing, preparing,and delivering video conferencing sessions will be summarized and implications for integrating video conferencing into blended learning courses will be suggested.

Funding Source
Peter David Looker

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