MoSAIC: Models for Synchronous Audiographic Interactive Conferencing
Tim Neumann, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education
Articles written as part of the MOSAIC project (by Sara De Freitas and Tim Neumann) are also available:
The use of ‘exploratory learning’ for supporting immersive learning in virtual environments. Computers & Education Vol 52 (2), pages 343-352. [External link]
Pedagogic strategies supporting the use of Synchronous Audiographic Conferencing: A review of the literature. British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 40 (6), pages 980–998. [External link].
This project focuses on synchronous audiographic web conferencing (SAC) as a delivery tool and aims to develop a set of pedagogic application models for its use in distance education.
This project promotes SAC as a delivery mode for distance education, representing a technology that is readily available, but currently underused. It aims to supplement the portfolio of remote delivery methods by taking advantage of a multimodal, media-rich technology that has a high potential to reach out and draw in a wider range of learners through more direct involvement, appeal to different learning approaches and styles, and enhanced social collaborative presence at a distance.
Objectives of the project are:
- To identify the current scope of SAC provision and related technologies at the University of London
- To review pedagogical theories for their use in synchronous media-rich teaching and learning contexts
- To develop and evaluate a set of pedagogical models for a range of different SAC application scenarios in the context of distance education
- To design and create guidelines and toolkits supporting the use of SAC
- To develop an advisory service on SAC and related technologies for the University of London
Outcomes of the project are:
- Systematic literature review on pedagogical theories related to SAC.
- Theoretical models and practitioner guidelines for SAC use in distance education.
- Organisational procedures for using SAC in an institutional context.
- Open access resources on SAC.
- Formal and structured access to expertise on SAC through the advisory service.
Pedagogic strategies supporting the use of Synchronous Audiographic Conferencing: A review of the literature [external link]. British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 40 (6)
The use of ‘exploratory learning’ for supporting immersive learning in virtual environments [external link]. Computers & Education 52 (2009) 343–352