Assignments

Assignment #3 - Teleconferencing and On-line Collaborative Systems

Due Date: March 12

Value: 15 points total

Submission:

  • Post to the following forums containing the written part of the assignment by the due date.

  • Part 1 - Telecommunications over Distance vs Time (5 points)
    • Post (4+ substantial paragraphs) to the blog that explains your thoughts on the difference between telecommunications over distance vs. telecommunications over time.
      • Can you give an example of each in your local environment?
      • How is distance vs. time related to the concepts of asynchronous vs. synchronous communication?
      • Give an example of asynchronous and synchronous communications being used in the classroom (the examples can be electronic or non-electronic in nature).
      • Use web resources such as howstuffworks.com to justify your answer if you wish.
      • When referencing materials be sure to cite the references (APA format).
    • Reply to at least two blog postings in a meaningful manner
  • Part 2 - Bandwidth (5 points)
    • Pick two questions from the following list to drive your two postings:
      • What is bandwidth in terms of instructional systems technology?
      • What is the Digital Divide and how is it tied to the question above on instructional systems technology?
      • How does bandwidth impact the selection for tools that could be used in a distance education program? Give examples.
      • Which has more bandwidth? A DVD (assume it is 4.2G storage) mailed (US Postal Service) to a student or a student having access to a 56Kbps dialup (assume that it is 33Kbps throughput) for 20 hours? Provide your math solution and explain how you figured it. Why might you use one media delivery over the other?
    • Post to the forum two postings - each posting should be its own entry
      • When referencing materials be sure to cite the references (APA format).
    • Reply to at least two postings in a meaningful manner
  • Part 3 - Teleconferencing and On-line Collaborative Systems (5 points)
    • You will be posting two messages to the forum for this assignment.
      • Audio Bridges
        • Discuss and compare vent and skype.
          • The instructor will provide Vent info.
          • Students will need to coordinate talking to each other with Skype and Vent.
          • Students will need to possible install and/or try the trial version of each package.
        • Things to talk about in your posting
          • Describe each of the systems above.
          • Describe the comparison system.
          • Compare/contrast the two based on the bandwidth issues presented in the Jones/Knezek article.
          • Discuss cost, installation, and support issues such as the manpower needed to make the system run.
          • Discuss what is gained and what is lost in each environment regarding educational utility.
      • Web-Based Meeting Spaces
        • Discuss and compare Adobe Connect Pro and Web-Ex.
          • Students will need to coordinate working with each other using the technologies.
          • Students will need to possible install and/or try the trial version of each package.
        • Things to talk about in your posting
          • Describe each of the systems above.
          • Describe the comparison system.
          • Compare/contrast the two based on the bandwidth issues presented in the Jones/Knezek article.
          • Discuss cost, installation, and support issues such as the manpower needed to make the system run.
          • Discuss what is gained and what is lost in each environment regarding educational utility.
    • Reply to at least two postings in a meaningful manner.