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Exploring new techniques: The use of broadcasting software in a laboratory situation as an interactive alternative to the traditional 'talking head' lecturing

Eilean Fairholme
Australian Institute of University Studies
Initially prototyped as a user-friendly alternative to the traditional 'talking head' lecturing environment (lecture theatre, digital overhead projection facilities), LANSchool software has been used to broadcast lectures in computer laboratories. The software allows the teacher to broadcast from her PC to the screens of the students. It allows for multitasking to a web browser to illustrate topics, to search or to make comparisons, and can also relay a student's screen to the rest of the group. I would like to debate the pros and cons of these endeavours, identifying the techniques used, and student responses to them. Improvements for the future are sought.

Amplification

Information Systems 100 is a foundation unit for all the Commerce courses offered at undergraduate level by the School of Information Systems within the Curtin Business School. IS100 is designed to give the students a multi-faceted appreciation of how business computing systems in a world of electronic commerce are designed, built, implemented, and maintained.

Not only do the students learn about contemporary Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS) in business, but they also use word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software, email, WebCT and the Internet daily. We minimise the use of paper, and encourage communication with the staff via email. Therefore the use of LANSchool supports our philosophy of 'walking the walk'. But does the insistence on technology, with the objective of providing increased interactivity, reward us with an improvement over more traditional methods?

Author: Eilean Fairholme, Australian Institute of University Studies
eilean.fairholme@aius.edu.au

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Fairholme, E. (2002). Exploring new techniques: The use of broadcasting software in a laboratory situation as an interactive alternative to the traditional 'talking head' lecturing. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/fairholme-abs.html


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