Evaluating Videoconferencing Systems

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    The COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020 drove many theological schools to online delivery that relied heavily on the use of videoconferencing systems for synchronous communication. 

    This has generated at least two problems. The first is the lack of a systematic analysis of which videoconferencing systems best support educational endeavours.  The second is the lack of a pedagogical framework that can not only be used to evaluate videoconferencing systems but also to consciously use them to generate constructive and positive learning experiences for students of theology.  

    This course seeks to transform these problems into opportunities and improve both our choices and uses of technology.   The core article, published in the Distance Education journal (Routledge)  introduces an experiential learning theory framework and uses it to evaluate Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp.   Practical ideas and applications are also provided in particular, for the use of Zoom.

    Course Outcomes

    This course will provide tools to evaluate videoconferencing systems and use them to generate experiential learning. 

    Course content

    • Evaluating Videoconferencing Systems (Correira, Liu and Xu)
    • Top new features in Zoom
    • Using polling functions in Zoom
    • Designing a videoconferencing lesson with experiential learning theories

    This course is authored by the ICETE Academy. The main article used in this course was published in the Distance  Education journal (Routledge), and is freely available online: Ana-Paula Correia , Chenxi Liu & Fan Xu (2020) in Distance Education (41:4, 429-452, DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2020.1821607 .

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    This is a nanocourse, entailing 2 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to read an article, watch two tutorial videos,  produce a lesson plan and complete a self-grading quiz. 

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