KeywordsVideoconferencing -- Alberta
Teaching -- Audio-visual aids
Distance education -- Alberta
Teleconferencing in education -- Alberta
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AbstractEducators are frequently looking for new ways to expand distance education opportunities to students in rural and remote locations. Videoconferencing is rapidly growing as a premier tool to minimize distance barriers and increase opportunities for continuing education. For more than a decade the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge has offered blended learning courses through a cohort implementation strategy. While creating a cohort of students in one location facilitates the face-to-face component of the blended learning environment by allowing instructors to conduct classes occasionally during the semester by traveling to the remote location, the cost of travel for face-to-face visits to many rural and remote school districts, such as Peace River, adds another barrier to establishing life long learning opportunities. In an effort to increase access throughout the province to graduate level programming the Faculty of Education is investigating the use ofvideoconferencing to replace some of the face-to-face site visits. In January 2005, the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge enrolled a cohort of students from the Peace River School District in the University's ftrst graduate level videoconferencing blended learning environment. These instructors, administrators, and students were the participants in this multi-methodological study to evaluate student and instructor perceptions of using videoconferencing in a blended learning environment, and establish best practices for future course offerings.
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