Student's first experiences with a Web conferencing system: preliminary findings

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Conference publication

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Vitartas, P, Ellis, A & Rowe, A 2008, 'Student's first experiences with a Web conferencing system: preliminary findings', in J Richardson & A Ellis (eds), Ausweb08: reflecting on the past: anticipating the future: Proceedings of the 14th Australasian World Wide Web Conference, Ballina, NSW, 5-9 April, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

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This paper presents the preliminary results from 15 personal interviews with early users of a Web-based conferencing program that has been used to deliver lecture content in a business school at an Australian university. While initial experiences ranged from apprehension to being relaxed about the new technology the students' comments about its use were enlightening. External students in particular reported being more connected and engaged with the lecturer and colleagues and enjoyed being able to “listen-in”. Support by lecturers and clear information on the use of the technology were identified as critical in the success of the program.