Use of media-rich real-time collaboration tools for learning and teaching in Australian and New Zealand universities

Matt Bower, Gregor E. Kennedy, Barney Dalgarno, Mark J.W. Lee, Jacqueline Kenney, Paula de Barba

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of media-rich real-time collaboration tool use for learning and teaching in Australian and New Zealand universities. These tools, which include video conferencing tools, web conferencing tools and virtual worlds, afford students and teachers the ability to synchronously represent concepts, and enable them to interact with one another to negotiate meaning and develop a sense of connectedness. A survey of 750 higher educators revealed that while desktop video conferencing and web conferencing use display an upward trend, virtual worlds are being used by substantially fewer educators, and have recently begun to experience a decline in usage. There are four major web conferencing products being used, whereas desktop video conferencing and virtual worlds are each being dominated by a single product. The „best‟ uses of each technology as perceived by respondents with experience in a range of tools are examined, before the paper concludes with a discussion of implications for tertiary learning and teaching, along with an outline of the authors‟ future plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
EditorsMark Brown, Maggie Hartnett, Terry Mark Stewart
PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780473229894
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2012 - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 25 Nov 201228 Nov 2012
Conference number: 29th
http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/Wellington12/2012/home.html (conference website)
http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/Wellington12/2012/images/custom/asclite2012_proceedings.pdf (Conference Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2012
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2012
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period25/11/1228/11/12
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Keywords

  • Rich media
  • Synchronous
  • Video conferencing
  • Virtual worlds
  • Web conferencing

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