Introduction: Videoconferencing (“Polycom”) occupies a unique position as an instructional delivery method:
- You’re able to see your distance students.
- Communication delays are minimal because the microphones allow a certain degree of transparency that using the telephone to call into the ITV classroom does not.
- You sit at a table with the students in the “broadcast” room rather than standing behind a podium – an arrangement more in line with the “guide on the side” than the “sage on the stage” paradigm of learning.
- Videoconferencing classes typically have smaller student enrollments – and for many faculty members, this translates to the potential to use a more fluid and interactive style of communication.
It may be because videoconferencing more closely approximates the almost seamless interaction of face-to-face discussion that the standards for its effectiveness are generally higher than those expected for ITV and other delivery methods. The combination of technology and distance forces some rethinking of classroom management and pedagogy to more closely meet your – and your students’ — expectations of what should happen in a “live” class.
We have prepared this Guide to assist you with using this technology to its greatest potential.