An Overview of an Interactive and Personalized Multimedia Tele-Education Environment over a Gigabit Network
With the rapid progress of information technologies in network and multimedia fields, to build an virtual educational environment over high-speed network becomes possible and is strongly requested. Many efforts have been made for development of virtual educational environments and/or virtual universities. However, there is still a lack of a practical virtual educational environment, which supports educational activities with high degree of interactive and personalized teaching and learning.
Our goal is to develop an interactive and personalized tele-education environment, by applying the state-of-the-art technologies in high-speed network, multimedia delivery, and intelligent software agent. The tele-education mainly contain four sub-environments which are Tele-Lecture Classroom, Tele-Exercise Classroom, Tele-Self-Learning Classroom, Tele-Group Learning Classroom, which are equipped with a set of toolkits developed based on existing techniques and new established techniques. Our principle is to mix real physical classrooms and virtual online classrooms, in which high degree of interactive and personalized educational activities can be performed. By interactive, we mainly mean: (1) A teacher can instruct and discuss with a learner in a tele-class, in real-time. (2) A teacher can catch the understanding states and requests of a tele-class of learners, quickly, and respond to the requests as many as possible, with the support of provided tools. By personalized, we mainly mean: (1) A learner can ask his/her own interested question, and get responses. (2) The course contents and teaching/learning methods are provided in accordance with every learner’s situation as much as possible.
In this paper, we present an overview of the environment, and discuss the required tools and techniques to build such environment. The detailed design and implementation of the environment will be described in other papers.
KeywordsMain Window Personalized Educational Activity White Board Learner Computer Discussion Mode
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