Transforming teaching practice through virtual classrooms: A study of staff and student views of synchronous learning

Lina Pelliccione, Tania Broadley

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Australia is a vast land and access to quality higher education is challenging for many Australians that live outside the larger metropolitan areas. In 2010, the School of Education at an Australian university (Curtin University in Western Australia) moved to flexible delivery of a fully online Bachelor of Education degree for their rural students. The new model of delivery allows access for students from any location provided they have a computer and an internet connection.A number of teaching staff had previously used an asynchronous environment to deliver learning modules housed within a learning management system (LMS) but had not used synchronous software with their students. To enhance the learning environment and to provide high quality learning experiences to students learning at a distance, the adoption of synchronous software (Elluminate Live) was introduced. This software is a real-time virtual classroom environment that allows for communication through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video conferencing, alongside a large number of collaboration tools to engage learners.This research paper reports on the integration of a live e-learning solution into the current Learning Management System (LMS) environment. Staff were interviewed about their perceptions and a questionnaire was administered to a sample of students to identify their experience with the synchronous software in order to inform future practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Education
Place of PublicationDuba
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event7th International Conference on Education - Samos Island, Athens, Greece
Duration: 7 Jul 20119 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameJournal of Social Sciences
ISSN (Print)1549-3652
ISSN (Electronic)1558-6987


Conference7th International Conference on Education
Abbreviated titleICE-2011


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