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MPEG2 Teaching Impact: Surveying the Impact of Synchronous Full Motion
Video in Post-Secondary Teaching Environments
University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the Northern
Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton and the Southern Alberta Institute
of Technology in Calgary. At present, the Alberta Video Classroom Network
extends to eighteen (20-108 seat) classrooms and four smaller Cyberports at
six campuses. The Alberta Video Classroom Network will also interoperate
with the RACOL Virtual Presence Learning Environments (VPLEs) located
in 6 high schools in the Fort Vermillion School Division. The Banff Centre,
Sonic Design Interactive, Netera Alliance
Collaborative systems, Interchange and interoperability,
Broadcasting, Distance learning and education.
NeteraNet, run by the Netera Alliance Inc., a high-speed research backbone
in Alberta that is one of the Optical Regional Advanced Networks (ORANs) that are connected by
CA*Net 4, Canada's Advanced Research and Education network operated by CANARIE.
The video codecs
are MPEG-2 from Amnis. Netera Alliance Inc. upgraded
the provincial research network
to an optically multiplexed Gigabit Ethernet design (called NeteraNet) with
one optical channel dedicated to carrying the traffic of video-enabled classrooms.
Surveying the Impact of Synchronous Full Motion Video in Post-Secondary Teaching Environments 
focuses on outcomes
from an evaluation done on post-secondary MPEG2 synchronous environments
in Alberta, Canada. The outcomes and feedback from
this evaluation were used in the design and development of a synchronous collaboration
system for a secondary school division in a rural and remote area of Alberta.
The study findings and subsequent recommendations will assist educational planners,
technicians and administrators seeking recommendation to optimize their synchronous
collaborative systems for teaching and learning.
For more information go to
current RACOL project Web site:
Cathy King, Regional Manager,
Netera Alliance, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2G5,