CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

Utilization of Internet2 Videoconferencing Capabilities for Delivery of Collaborative Tele-education: A Case Study

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Marlyn Kemper Littman

Committee Member

Timothy Ellis

Committee Member

Laurie Dringus

Abstract

Tele-education is receiving attention from the educational community as university students demand more, high-quality distributed-education. Meeting these demands with limited resources means universities are increasingly dependent on synchronous collaboration of personnel and continuous utilization of distributed resources.

Although videoconferencing has shown promise as a means for collaboration, until recently there have been high fees, steep learning curves, and poor quality associated with videoconferencing use in education. Internet2 (12), a next-generation network specifically for educational use, is designed to enable high-bandwidth applications such as videoconferencing while alleviating cost and quality issues. This research focused on the use of Internet2 for videoconferencing collaborations between pre-service teacher-education classes at two I2 universities. The report is a snapshot of the successes and difficulties experienced while utilizing Intemet2 for cross university collaboration among undergraduate students and their professors. This research documents a collaborative tele-education initiative between the Colleges of Education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

Results of this investigation will help form a foundation for acceptance of collaborative tele-education videoconferencing via 12 for andragogical activities. Findings from this study will contribute to literature on best practices in collaborative tele-education videoconferencing across 12. Results of this case study were weighed against other research investigating semester-long, collaborative videoconferences across high-speed networks among undergraduate students in fields of study outside science, mathematics, or medicine.

This investigation was constructed within a phased, classic Systems Development Life Cycle. Because this study modeled the use of a systems analysis approach outside the data processing field, the investigation highlighted the links between learning, training, and advanced technology.

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