At 10:19 PM 6/6/2003 +0400, you wrote:
>Well, I'm reading this at 15:30 GMT Friday, having just got back from a
>weekend trip. I guess my excuse is I didn't know about it. Hope it went well,
Hope you trip was relaxing Vance. Here's what happened in the Voice Chat:
About 10 people turned up for a voice chat today (June 6th) on the use of
Voice Chat as an Instructional Tool. Despite the fact that the facilitator
(yours truly) was thrown out of the chat at regular intervals the
conversation flowed. We didn't get through anywhere near as much as I'd
hoped but that was a good lesson learned. It is important to allow input
from others and that of course eats into 'presentation time'. Perhaps it is
important in a bare voice chat (no talking heads or graphic stimulus of any
kind) to allow opportunities for interaction more than you might in a f2f
Susanne took the initiative and summarized the spoken conversation in the
text chat, and many of us confessed to multitasking behind the scenes! We
asked whether or not this is an acceptable thing for students to be doing
while they are listening to a remote presenter&..is it? What do you think?
Aiden asked how a teacher is supposed to keep 23 students focused on a
voice lecturein the absence of any visual stimulation? My personal feeling
is that students in such situations should be left alone to multitask of
they want, but it was suggested that this kind of event would be better
staged in a virtual classroom with graphics, polling, and other interactive
features. But of course there is a substantial cost for that type of
software. This led to a discussion on whether or not there should be a
level of public funding to subsidise the purchase of these higher end tools
We also talked about the fact that we have all become very dependent on
saved logs or archives of text based web events, and that few voice chat
tools as yet allow the facility to record conversations. As Susanne notes
in her blog, we have gone back to where we came from taking written notes
on the important points from a voice presentation. So,
* Is it OK for people to multitask while they are listening to a remote
* How do you (or should you) keep 23 students focused on a voice
lecturein the absence of any visual stimulation?
* Should there be a level of public funding to subsidise the purchase
of these higher end tools such as virtual classrooms?
- Michael C.
PS Susanne, Aiden, and Damian - if you reply here can you also place it in
LearningTimes? Ta, Michael.
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