Title: Video-conferencing at Helsinki University of Technology

Authors: Kari Salkunen

Addresses: Co-ordinator, Centre for Continuing Education, Helsinki University of Technology, Otakaari 1, SF-02150 Espoo, Finland

Abstract: The paper discusses the use of video-based engineering education at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Video-conferencing has been used mainly in the Centre for Continuing Education in a variety of continuing education programs, but also in some degree programs. Users of the medium have found that video-conferencing events are successful, but do require additional work in educational design. In engineering education, visualisations and simulations are needed, which are not amenable to, say, |audio-only| presentations. Video can be effective in meeting such needs, but training and education using video-conferencing should be supported by other media. On the systems side, two requirements were identified by the users: (1) the need for multi-conferencing facilities, and (2) the need for graphics transfer.

Keywords: distance education; distance teaching; distance learning; teletraining; teleconferencing; videoconferencing; telecommunications; telematics; training; Finland; continuing education; continuing engineering education; graphics transfer.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1992.030389

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1992 Vol.2 No.2/3/4, pp.145 - 154

Available online: 15 Dec 2009 *

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