Assignment #4 - Teleconferencing and On-line Collaborative Systems

Due Date: August 10, 2009

Value: 15 points total

The following requires 2 postings and 2 replies.

First Posting:

  1. Discuss and compare vent and skype. The instructor will provide vent info. Students will need to coordinate talking to each other with Skype.
    1. Describe each of the systems above.
    2. Describe the comparision system.
    3. Compare/contrast the two based on the bandwidth issues presented in the Jones/Knezek article.
    4. Discuss cost, installation, and support issues such as the manpower needed to make the system run.
    5. Discuss what is gained and what is lost in each environment regarding educational utility.

Second Posting:

  1. Locate and read, from any professional journal, two articles relevant to the course that cover the future of telecommunications in education. Write a two paragraph review for each article. The 1st paragraph should describe the contents of the article. The 2nd paragraph should be your reaction to the article. Do not forget to include the reference cite. Use APA format.


  1. On your group's on-line discussion system reply to at least two postings on this assignment. Provide meaningful comments.

Extra Credit (2 points):

  1. Download the SecondLife client and explore Secondlife. Use the TappedIn system. How do each of these compare ? Discuss the educational affordances that these virtual environments might provide in your classroom or training setting?