Does Video Conferencing Work for Learning? Best Practices in the Online Synchronous Classroom

Concurrent Session 6

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

In this session, we will explore best practices in e-learning video conferencing. We will apply the theories of "transactional distance" and "Communities of Inquiry" as we evaluate this technology and consider the most popular tools and what current research is saying related to student success.

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Jason is a Ph.D. student in Education and the Director of Teaching and Learning for the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He has 13+ years of experience utilizing creative technology to increase student learning and engagement. His experience in instructional design and technology implementation is through creating 20+ unique educational courses to instruct junior high, high school, university and adult learners. This experience serves as the foundation for his continual development around him of instructors, curriculum, and online course delivery. He also currently serves on a Universal Design task force and helps UK evaluate software platforms as needed. Jason earned both an M.Div and M.Ed in Educational Technology which guides his continued quest to discover how to best leverage today’s technology to drive student success.

Extended Abstract

With the advent of high-speed internet, connected devices, and free video conferencing tools, synchronous online classroom meetings are available to almost every teacher. But why should we use this technology? What can it accomplish over asynchronous discussions and pre-recorded video content? What educational objectives does it meet? What does current research say that can inform our teaching and instructional design? In this session, we will explore these questions and more.

Attendees will learn:

  • the best practices of video conferences in e-learning

  • the most popular video conferencing software being used in schools today

  • how to apply and evaluate the theories of "transactional distance" and "communities of inquiry" to synchronous video learning

  • what types of learning objectives are best met with video conferencing

  • what types of learning objectives are best met with other technologies

  • practical teaching strategies to increase learning in your online classroom

In this interactive session, the attendees will also help build knowledge by presenting their own uses of online video and give questions through web-based polls. An interactive paired activity will be utilized  to demonstrate the concept of “transactional distance.” Attendees will also be invited to experience the latest web conferencing tool Zoom through a live hosted Zoom video conferencing session.