Asynchronous learning is great since it overcomes geographic and time constraints. However, the lack of face-to-face contact makes the learner be "isolated" from the instructor and peers. The good news is that multimedia through the Internet can give you some human touch -- the image and voice of the instructor. The video lecture is also a highlight of the major content, and will help course participants understand and grasp the essentials.
This part is an experiment of delivering lecture through the Internet/intranet. We have only made three short pieces this time. The technology being used is streaming video, that is, to have the video player on the user's PC continually request video data from a server. So that the user does not have to wait for the entire file to download before viewing.
The video file is made by VivoActive Producer. It has no special requirement on the sever. In order to view and listen to the video lecture, you need: (1) a sound card and a speaker or headphone (2) a special "plug-in" (free) from Vivo installed in your computer. Your Office Technician can help you to get ready.
If you have already had speakers connected to your computer, you can install the Vivo "plug-in" by following the procedures provided on screen. Now get into the Vivo download page, and select "get free player" at the bottom left corner of the page. Download and install the vivoplay.exe into your computer. You can do this by following the instructions on screen.
When you are ready, click here to get the video lecture.
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