Overcoming distance with Web conferencing

Montréal, January 25, 2013 – Cégep à distance invites researchers and anyone interested in innovations in distance education to read De la présence dans la distance par la visioconférence Web, an empirical study co-directed by Bruno Poellhuber (Université de Montréal), Nicole Racette (TÉLUQ), and Mourad Chirchi (Cégep à distance) and published in Revue internationale des technologies en pédagogie universitaire (RITPU) at http://www.ritpu.org/spip.php?article208. Cégep à distance contributed to the study through the Osmose social learning environment experiment (see http://www.cegepadistance.ca/en/osmose).

In light of concerns over high attrition rates in distance education, we used a design-based experiment to test a particular form of “one to many” student support based on Web conferences led by a tutor. Three postsecondary institutions participated in this study. The quantitative data (questionnaires and records from the software) and qualitative data (interviews) collected show that participation is growing with each iteration at TÉLUQ. In all three cases, the perceived value of these activities and of the tutor’s transactional presence was positive. The interest in Web conferencing was stronger than its perceived usefulness. le résumé de cette recherche scientifique avec données empiriques rédigée conjointement par Bruno Poellhuber, de l’Université de Montréal, Nicole Racette, de la Téluq et Mourad Chirchi, du Cégep à distance.

Source (in French) : Clic, bulletin collégial des technologies de l’information et des communications, no 80.