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Using computer assisted collaborative learning to improve distance education

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2 Author(s)
Pendergrass, N.A. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA ; Sun, G.

This paper describes how computer assisted, collaborative learning techniques can be used to improve distance learning courses which use two-way compressed video. With these methods, students spend most of their class time working in groups on problems or interactive demonstrations. The approach provides an active learning experience and sharply reduces the amount of information which must be sent through the video system. The methods also increase interaction between students and the instructor and raise student motivation to overcome obstacles in the course. This paper also discusses many of the practical issues that are involved in distance education for classes using either collaborative learning or lecture based methods

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 1997. 27th Annual Conference. Teaching and Learning in an Era of Change. Proceedings.  (Volume:1 )

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5-8 Nov 1997