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A Skype-Buddy Model for Blended Learning

A Skype-Buddy Model for Blended Learning
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Author(s): Carmen E. Macharaschwili (Indiana University – Bloomington, USA) and Linda Skidmore Coggin (Indiana University – Bloomington, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 18
Source title: Practical Applications and Experiences in K-20 Blended Learning Environments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lydia Kyei-Blankson (Illinois State University, USA) and Esther Ntuli (Idaho State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4912-5.ch024

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Abstract

Universities are challenged with providing quality educational experiences that meet students’ needs for engagement and collaboration. The availability of computer-mediated communication tools provides opportunities for such needs to be met as well as allows students the opportunity to complete higher education degree requirements in virtual environments This chapter discusses how Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) was used in a unique Skype-Buddy system to provide virtual face-to-face participation in traditional doctoral classrooms. Students’ and professors’ satisfaction, benefits, challenges, and surprises in this system are examined. Results and recommendations from this study are applicable in undergraduate and secondary level classrooms.

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