Streaming Media and Advanced Web-based Education

V. Uskov and A. Uskov (USA)


Web-based education, streaming media, Web lecturing technology, Web-based courseware.


Streaming media has a great potential to be one of the most effective and technologically advanced methods of sending quality video and audio to any Web site over existing computer networks [1]. With movement away from old-fashioned static monolithic learning content, more and more educational institutions early adopters of advanced technology - are implementing or plan to implement streaming media in their education process and curriculum. Streaming technology is one of key driving forces that help to transform higher education from narrow, local, face-to-face, in-classroom, one-teacher based type of education into a global, technology-based, learner centered type of education and training. Bradley University at Peoria, Illinois, U.S.A., and its InterLabs Research Institute (IRI) are actively involved into design and development of innovative Web-based education (WBE) systems and streaming media based courseware. In 2000-2004, the IRI hosts the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CCLI grant # 0196015 [2] on advanced WBE. This paper briefly describes IRI Institute's main activities, technologies and achievements in WBE and streaming media areas.

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