A Skype-Buddy Model for Blended Learning
Carmen Macharaschwili, Linda Skidmore Coggin, Indiana University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Universities are challenged with providing quality education experiences for distance education students' needs for engagement and challenge within a collaborative framework. This study proposes how Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) could be used to provide face-to-face participation in a traditional classroom using a unique “Skype buddy” system. In this project we examined the experiences related to the satisfaction, benefits, challenges, and surprises of each of the participants in two doctoral seminars. This study confirms the previous research that the degree of interaction provided to a student in a distance learning environment contributes to student achievement and satisfaction. It confirmed the benefit of face-to-face communication, even virtually, and contributed to the emotional-experiential aspects of learning: amount of students' attention and interest, learning satisfaction, and enjoyment from the interaction. A “Skype-buddy” protocol was developed.
Macharaschwili, C. & Skidmore Coggin, L. (2012). A Skype-Buddy Model for Blended Learning. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 606-613). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).