Browsing 05. Pan-Commonwealth Forum 5 (PCF5), 2008 by Author "Alam, Shafiqul"
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PublicationVirtual Interactive Classroom (VIC) using Mobile Technology at the Bangladesh Open University (BOU)( 2008-09) Alam, Shafiqul ; Islam, Yousuf MPCF5 Sub-theme: Cross-cutting Themes // Bangladesh Open University (BOU) is the only national institution in Bangladesh which is catering distance education in the country. It has extensive network through out the country to provide readily accessible contact points for its learners. After passing of 15 years since its inception, BOU has lagged behind in using technologies. In consideration of its limit to conventional method in teaching, a project was undertaken to test the effectiveness and viability of interactive television (TV) and mobile’s Short Message Service (sms) classroom and explore the use of available and appropriate technologies to provide ICT enabled distance tuition. In this project, the mobile technology’s sms along with perceived live telecast was used to create ideal classroom situation for distance learning through the Question Based Participation (QBP) technique. The existing videos of BOU TV programmes were made interactive using this technologies and technique. The existing BOU TV programme and interactive version of the same were showed to same learners of BOU to evaluate its effectiveness. It is found from the study that this interactive virtual classroom significantly perform well in teaching than BOU video programmes (noninteractive) which is used at present. This paper will describe the idea of virtual classroom setting and how this is effective for distance teaching in Bangladesh. How far this idea is realistic, appropriate, cost effective and user friendly in rural Bangladesh. What will be the impact of this interactive classroom on the Distance teaching/learning mode of education in the Country. // Paper ID 563