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Evaluating Staff Development and Training Models to Support the Implementation of Videoconferencing Technology for Teaching and Learning in a Distributed University

John T Burns
De Montfort University UK


Within education, videoconference systems appear to provide a number of benefits. Researchers however have identified that there are a number of issues that need to be addressed if videoconferencing is to be used effectively. One of the most important factors identified by researchers is the need for staff training.

Whilst there have been a number of national & international initiatives to develop a range of staff development materials for the effective use of videoconferencing, there is little evidence of any attempt being made to evaluate the form of training which is the most appropriate and effective.

The objective of this paper is to present the findings of a research project, which attempted to evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches to staff development.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, interaction, learning management system, LMS,

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