While working with Oxford Study Courses, I was involved in developing their online learning courses for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
This involved working as an online trainer with teachers, training them in delivering content online using live video and virtual classroom technology. What made this work more challenging is that the teachers were based in international schools as well as local, UK, based establishments. This meant that I had to train across international timezones, using online conferencing to deliver the teacher training. Students too, were more often based abroad so this meant a great deal more liaison internationally.
Delivering lessons ‘live’ online, rather than pre-recorded (or asynchronous) presented a number of challenges, particularly in terms of technology. There was a need for a stable online platform which could handle the live delivery and be able to peeform satisfactorily on home broadband lines across global timezones.
With the company, I investigated several virtual classroom, web conferencing and online presence technologies, including Skype, Elluminate (later Blackboard Collaborate), wiziq, webex, Adobe Connect.