Issues in Broadband-Supported Learning: Synchronous Communication, Accessibility, Independence
Dr. Elizabeth Ann Murphy.
Broadband-supported learning presents a means to facilitate the introduction of innovative approaches to teaching and learning that privilege collaboration, shared knowledge construction, peer-to-peer interaction and mentoring unrestricted by geographic, cultural or temporal barriers. Such beneficial forms of learning using new and emerging technologies also present issues and challenges that must be understood and overcome in order for the benefits to be realized. A Canadian initiative called MusicGrid represents an example in which these issues can be better understood. MusicGrid pioneers large-scale broadband learning using Music as a vehicle and relies on broadband visual communication tools, including video-conference, video servers, and video repositories to enable geo-culturally and organizationally diverse collaboration and learning. The project provides an opportunity to understand issues related to temporal constraints in synchronous communication in video-conferencing, access to equipment & achieving independence in the use of the tools and technologies.
Dr. Elizabeth Ann Murphy (Canada)
Faculty of Education
Elizabeth Murphy holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Université Laval in Québec City. She is presently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she teaches courses in the Masters of IT in Education program as well as undergraduate courses in ICT integration and in second-language teaching methodologies. She is currently external evaluator for MusicGrid, a CANARIE - funded project which pioneers broadband e-learning using Music as a vehicle. She is provincial evaluator/investigator for the Telesat Multimedia Satellite Trials for Schools in Newfoundland. She is also co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded project led by Therese Laferrière related to collaborative problem solving in online discussions. She became involved in ICT and education-related research through work on her Ph.D. and as well through prior experience as a school administrator in Newfoundland.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)