Connecting teachers in remote Australia: challenges in realising the potential of videoconferencing

Reading, Chris, Fluck, Andrew, Trinidad, Sue, Anderson, Neil, and White, Bruce (2008) Connecting teachers in remote Australia: challenges in realising the potential of videoconferencing. In: Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference, 2008. pp. 426-433. From: Australian Computers in Education Conference, 29 September - 2 October 2008, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Most teachers recognise the benefits of meeting face-to-face for professional learning activities. However, for teachers in remote locations in Australia the vast distances that need to be travelled for such meetings are prohibitive. The potential of videoconferencing was utilised in a national project to provide teachers in remote schools with quality professinal learning experiences. This paper aims to highlight the challenges that inhibit the use of videoconferencing for professional learning experiences for those most likely to benefit, the teachers in remote schools. Firstly, is a description of the potential for the use of videoconferencing to enable and enhance professional learning experiences for teachers, especially in remote locations. Secondly, is a synopsis of the videoconferencing facilities available for teachers in a national project on the use of social computing to enhance learning in remote Australia. Finally, the actual experiences of teachers of remote location connection to videoconference links hampered teacher participation in the professional learning experiences.

Item ID: 7773
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-646-49809-6
Keywords: rural education; professional development; videoconferencing
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2010 22:38
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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