The Virtual Classroom: Learning Without Limits Via Computer Networks

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Intellect Books, 1994 - Education - 384 pages
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This book describes the evolution of the Virtual Classroom from an idea to a reality. A primary emphasis is on evaluation tools and procedures, which enables the reader to assess the extent to which the objectives of this new use of computers were attained. Extensive descriptions are provided of the software and of the collaborative learning processes that can be supported by software. Pitfalls and problems as well as advantages and successful uses of the technology are described. Finally, the book looks forward from these initial experiments to the possibilities for the use of this technology to expand educational opportunities in the 21st century.
 

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Contents

VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE REAL LEARNING
3
EDUCATION INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
19
SOFTWARE TOOLS FOR A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
31
THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK AND HYPOTHESES
65
TEACHING IN A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
83
Q MODERATING CONFERENCES AND STIMULATING
101
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
117
ELECTRONIC ANOMIE AND OTHER
125
PREDICTORS OF SUCCESS IN
203
MANAGEMENT GAMING IN A VIRTUAL
217
Summary 257
241
LEARNING WITHOUT LIMITS
251
REFERENCES
263
Questionnaires
271
Interviews with Students
303
Course Reports
331

LEARNING IN A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
143
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE VIRTUAL
165
Active Members of the Advisory Board for
375
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About the author (1994)

Starr Roxanne Hiltz was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, where she received an M.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1969) in sociology. She has taught at Upsala College and Rutgers University, as well as the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the Departmentof Computer and Information Science. Hiltz has also served as director of the Collaborative Systems Laboratory and associate director of the Computerized Conferencing and Communications Center, both at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Hiltz's book Network Nation (1978), which was co-authored with Murray Turoff, received the "TSM Award" of the Association of American Publishers for the Best Technical Publication, and quickly became the standard reference in the field of computer-mediated communications (CMC). The first part of this work covered the nature of computerized conferencing; the second part dealt with its potential applications and impacts; and the third part discussed the future of computerized conferencing and its regulation. The second edition of Network Nation (1993) contains new material on superconnectivity developments during the last fifteen years, and updates on the future. Hiltz is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Annenberg Foundation and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Sloan Foundation. In 1990 she was recipient of the Electronic Networking Association's Rodale Award for Creative Achievement. Her research focuses on video and the virtual classroom.

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