Publication Date

1-31-1988

Approximate Date

1988-01-31

Report Number

26

Abstract

A Virtual Classroom is a teaching and learning environment located within a computer-mediated communication system. As a teaching environment, it provides a set of tools, strengths, and limitations which are available to an instructor for delivering course materials and structuring learning experiences. Its characteristics are merely potentials, just as the empty classroom with its chalkboards and desks awaits the efforts and creativity of the instructor and the students to make it "come alive."

This is the second volume of the final research report on experiences with the prototype of a Virtual Classroom system constructed and operated on EIES, the Electronic Information Exchange System at NJIT. The amount of data collected during this field experiment and the number of issues examined as part of the evaluation proved to be too much to be bound in one volume. The materials included in the first volume describe the project as a whole, and focus on the results related to the experiences of and impacts on the students. This volume looks at the Virtual Classroom from the teacher's point of view. Its purpose is to present the lessons learned by the faculty members who participated in the project, particularly in terms of guidelines or generalizations that may be of use to future instructors who are considering using computer-mediated communication as a mode of educational delivery.

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