(on the ground) Presenter: Michael Coghlan

Workshop Aims:

  1. promote awareness of a range of online voice tools available
  2. demonstrate how voice tools can be used in online and campus based programs
  3. encourage appraisal of methodologies required for successful integration of these tools
  4. get feedback from delegates on appropriate use of these tools

Description of Session:

This presentation will demonstrate the use of online voice tools, for both campus based and distance education programs. There will be an emphasis on the pedagogy behind the use of these tools in addition to the technical skills required, and opportunity for delegates to discuss the tools and methodologies presented. Interested delegates will have the opportunity of joining an ongoing electronic discussion group on issues relating to the use of voice online. (this last point refers to people having the chance to join my LearningTimes listserv)

Session Time (NSW: 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm) Thursday, October 23, 2003

  • Edmonton: 9.30 pm 10.30 pm (Wednesday, Oct 22)
  • Denmark: 5.30 am 6.30 am (Thursday)
  • NY: 11.30 pm (Wednesday, Oct 22) 12.30 am
  • GMT:          3.30 am - 4.30 am (Thursday)

Powerpoint Presentation HERE


1.30 1.40 Introduction (Michael Coghlan)

Sample Text and Voice Compared

1.40 1.55 Jon Baggaley (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University) in Yahoo Messenger: How Useful is a Talking Head Anyway?

1.55 - 2.00 Wimba Voice Boards

(migrate to Elluminate in LearningTimes)

2.00 - 2.10 Anne Fox (Kursus Center, Grenaa, Denmark)

Getting the horses to drink - Having the ICT tools is not enough, we have to create the motivation to use them

2.10 2.25 Jonathan Finkelstein: The LearningTimes Network - Supporting Community

2.25 - 2.30 Conclusion


Jon Baggaley

Jon Baggaley is a psychologist specializing in the educational effects of communications media. He has taught previously at universities in Liverpool, Newfoundland, and Montreal, and is author/editor of 10 books/ volumes including Dynamics of Television (with Steven Duck), Psychology of the TV Image, and Evaluation of Educational Television; also over 100 articles on media research and evaluation. Baggaley was founding editor of the Journal of Educational Media (formerly J. E. TV). He has consulted on the design of educational media campaigns for government and broadcasting organizations in Canada and the US, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Kenya, South Africa, and Bangladesh. He is Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. As Chair and Director of Educational Technology at Athabasca University, Baggaley has been responsible for the development of new media technologies, and of policy for the distance-based delivery of the University's programmes.


Anne Fox

Anne teaches English and basic IT at the Kursus Center in Grenaa, Denmark. "In English we call ourselves the Competence Centre, and we offer training to adults, both employees and unemployed. We have local, national and international customers and are involved in a variety of projects including EU funded projects helping to integrate the disabled into the workplace and integrating cultural competence into adult education. I am coming to the end of an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and the Streetlife project (that I refer to in my short presentation) is my final module.

Jonathan Finkelstein

Jonathan Finkelstein is Executive Producer of LearningTimes ( and the founder and President of The LearningTimes Network (, a growing coalition of connected learning communities. As an educator, technologist, industry expert, and producer, he is focused on creating engaging, web-based and web-enhanced human environments, programs and curricula that foster learning, collaboration and community. Over the last several years, he has worked with numerous leading organizations to build learning programs and communities online, including: Columbia University, Harvard, CalState University, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Campus Computing Project, New Visions for Public Schools, The New York Transit Museum, MetLife, and The Princeton Review, among scores of others.

Tools Used or Demonstrated in this Session

Relevant Websites

Staff and students from Athabasca University (Canada) have been evaluating collaborative web based tools and their progress reports can be seen at Click on audio for reports on web-conferencing tools.

LearningTimes <>

LearningTimes is an open community for education-minded people. It houses a range of tools for free use to educators:

  • Wimba Voice Direct (for live, synchronous voice chat)
  • Wimba Voice Boards (for asynchronous, voice based discussions)
  • Wimba Voice Mail
  • Elluminate virtual classroom

Membership of LearningTimes is free and quick to set up. Go to , and select register.

Once inside LearningTimes if you would like to subscribe to an email discussion list on the use of voice online hit the Listservs button and join up.

Australian Flexible Learning Leaders Program

My attendance and presentation at this conference is part of a study program sponsored by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

Michael Coghlan
October 26th, 2003