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An instructional videoconference (IVC) is an interactive delivery mechanism for long-distance communication and education, which uses 2-way audio and 1- or 2-way video to facilitate interaction between presenters and learners who are separated by significant distance. This guide, intended for the staff of federal, state, and local programs that serve mothers and children, illustrates the basics of instructional videoconference production. A definition of IVC is provided, including linkage, interactivity, and crucial factors to consider when deciding whether or not to choose an IVC. Discussion then focuses on: instructional design goals; demographics and audience description; four types of delivery systems (satellite, cable, microwave, and digital telecommunications via phone lines or fiber optic systems); and costs. The steps involved in producing an IVC are also described and include: identifying a need; establishing a goal; determining a timetable; and developing a team which incorporates a content specialist, producer, instructional designer, audience specialist, and delivery system specialist. An example is provided of how an IVC may be achieved by marrying different delivery systems and technologies. (AEF)

Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer System Design, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Instructional Design, Telecommunications

Author: Matthews, Denise; Reiss, John G.


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