ISDN presents a new challenge for educators and trainers. This book provides an introduction to the technology for educators interested firstly in whether to use it and secondly in how to use it. The first three chapters discuss practical, educational and strategic issues related to these two questions. The following ten chapters provide case studies of education and training uses of ISDN technologies in Europe, the US and Australia. These involve videoconferencing, audiographics, desktop conferencing and image banks. The book concludes with a large glossary of explanatory material.
- Chapter 1: ISDN: theoretical specification, practical potential
- Chapter 2: The educational value of ISDN
- Chapter 3: ISDN - strategic issues
- Section 2: Videoconferencing applications
- Chapter 4: Challenges and opportunities in extending the classroom and the campus via digital compressed video
- Chapter 5: Videoconferencing in a multicampus setting
- Chapter 6: ISDN-based videoconferencing in Australian tertiary education
- Chapter 7: ISDN videotelephony in Norway
- Chapter 8: ISDN videoconferencing for education and training
- Chapter 9: A French experiment in distance learning by ISDN: 'Le Visiocentre de Formation'
- Section 3: Other applications of ISDN
- Chapter 10: ISDN technology in teaching
- Chapter 11: Co-Learn: an ISDN-based multimedia environment for collaborative learning
- Chapter 12: A multimedia environment for distributed learning
- Chapter 13: The integration of ISDN into a multi-functional visual communications network
Robin Mason has evaluated a wide range of telecommunications technologies used in a European educational context. While computer conferencing is still the most appropriate medium for home-based students, she sees videoconferencing, audiographics and desktop conferencing as playing an increasingly larger role in other forms of remote teaching and training.Paul Bacsich
Paul Bacsich has spent many years implementing communications based systems for teaching - audio conferencing, audiographics, electronic mail and resource-based systems - using a wide range of technologies including satellite communications and ISDN. He sees a significant future for ISDN in the professional updating sector, with synergy between ISDN-based videoconferencing for lectures and ISDN-based computer conferencing for tutorials.