Monday, April 03, 2006

Videoconferencing and Learning: Candy or Carrots



Candy or Carrots

Sweets or nutrition

Melting in mouth or crunching and chewing

Instant pleasure or body nurturing over time

Sugar high or slowly building up


Do educators see videoconferencing as candy or carrots?


I'm been researching articles and websites for some chapters I'm writing on videoconferencing. I found tons of candy: “My students really enjoyed it”, “They liked seeing the elephants”, and “My students learned a lot about videoconferencing.”


Only a few of the articles and websites even mention the carrots of learning. Occasionally, there are questions like “Did this videoconference meet your educational goals?” There are many general statements like "My student learned so much!" The detail or proof is very sketchy. "We predicted what would happen." Did someone check each student's prediction or did some students volunteer? Was a whole group assessment done?


Do educators in your educational institution use videoconferencing as candy or carrots?


How can you decide? Assessment is the key.


Do your educators assess the learning from the videoconference immediately or the next few days?


Do your educators have students do follow up performance tasks based on the videoconferencing? Do they assess those tasks?

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