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Design, Implementation and Assessment of Videoconferencing Sessions in Earth and Life Sciences: The Case of the Agricultural University of Athens

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Author(s): George Papadopoulos | Iro Voulgari

Journal: Agrárinformatika Folyóirat
ISSN 2061-862X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: video conferencing | higher education | agricultural studies | earth and life science | blended - learning

ABSTRACT
In this paper we present the methodology employed in the Agricultural University of Athens for the delivery of specific courses with the use of video conferencing technology. Earth and Life Science higher education courses (agricultural, environmental and biomedical courses) present specific requirements relevant to the exposure of the students to practical issues, and the exchange of expertise. The employment of video conferencing seems be a valuable solution for addressing a number of these requirements. We describe these requirements as they emerged from our study, and present the implementation of video conferencing sessions (design, application, and assessment). Through this paper we aim at describing examples of meaningful employment of video conferencing, particularly in higher education, share the positive and negative aspects of our approach, and provide insights for similar interventions in education and training.
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