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WiredRed’s e/pop Web and Video Conferencing Adds a ‘Human
Dimension’ to Online Teaching at the University of Dundee

University Turns to WiredRed to Provide Solution for Innovative Online Course
 



Chichester, England – July 24, 2006 – WiredRed®, a technology leader in real-time communications software, today announced that the University of Dundee has chosen e/pop® Web Conferencing to enable distance learning for students facing the steep learning curve of joining its Applied Computing degree in the second year of the four-year program.

The University of Dundee just started offering the Applied Computing degree, where students can enroll directly into the second year if they have sufficiently advanced qualifications. However, students entering the program via this route rarely have prior knowledge of object-oriented programming and therefore experience a steep learning curve at the start of their university studies. There was a need to readdress this deficit for new students who were otherwise qualified. A project, Java Online, was set up to consider how to take the existing Java module currently delivered face-to-face to the first-year students and deliver it remotely to those applying to join the second year. For example, applicants can study Java Online during their college studies or during the vacation immediately prior to university.

“It is essential that the course is able to teach students as effectively as an offline course would, and communications is viewed as an essential aspect of that,” explained University of Dundee Learning Technologist, David Walker. “Each lecturer has their own multi-modal style, including talking, drawing on the board, answering questions, involving students in examples and providing written notes. The challenge is to include this ‘human dimension’ through online learning.”

WiredRed’s web conferencing solution, e/pop, is being used to provide an interactive weekly hour-long live tutorial incorporating audio, video, instant messaging, interactive whiteboard and document, application and desktop sharing that students can use in a tutorial group. The tutor is able to interact with students utilising methods that relate to different learning styles (read/write, aural, visual, kinaesthetically) and allow group involvement and interactivity on tasks.

“We did an intensive options appraisal of a number of different video and web conferencing solutions on the market,” said Walker. “e/pop was the most cost-effective, easy to use, most secure and boasted the largest range of features – in short, it was a natural choice.”

Tutorials were designed around existing face-to-face student/tutor activities to provide elements of interaction that would otherwise be missing. This also ensured that technology was not included without good reason and the teaching style could remain constant.

“e/pop represents a highly cost-effective approach when compared to video conferencing solutions and competing web conferencing solutions,” enthused Walker. “The ability to provide instructor-led lectures as well as interactive tutorials and conferencing them in from their own desks is very liberating and makes both the teachers and students life a lot easier.”

“e/pop enriches the whole experience for all those involved,” says WiredRed UK MD Tom Sloan. “The ability for staff to share documents saves valuable time and the different ways that students and staff can collaborate, in real-time, means that they can experience the thrill of the classroom wherever they are based and with whatever type of project they are involved with.”

About WiredRed
WiredRed Software is a technology leader in real-time communications. The Company's secure, multipoint routing technology powers its e/pop product line, which includes multiparty video conferencing, web conferencing and secure IM software. All e/pop products are designed to provide busy, security-conscious IT staff with fast and easy to maintain solutions compatible with their existing networks.

More than 3,500 commercial and government customers are using e/pop software. Customer installations include Birmingham University, Loreto College, Digital Media Interactive, Tutoreasy, Derwent Shared Services, Routeco Plc., Barry Callebaut, ADP, Scottrade, Wells Fargo, Mercury Insurance and Florida Rock. The company licenses its software to corporate and government IT organizations and a growing network of business partners.

WiredRed has offices in San Diego, California, Chichester, England and Sophia-Antipolis, France. For more information visit http://www.wiredred-epop.com.

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