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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Distance Teaching

Connecting Classrooms in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Alan Blackstock, Nathan Straight


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Synchronous technologies, particularly interactive video conferencing (IVC), are becoming common modes of teaching and delivering college courses. The increasing popularity of IVC in the U.S. and abroad calls for more pedagogically effective practices for instructors using this technology. This volume focuses on innovative and proven approaches to IVC teaching in a variety of disciplines: English, history, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, social work, and elementary and special education. Contributors hail from a pioneering university at the forefront of distance education and understand the practice and potential of IVC teaching at the highest levels. Chapters outline the challenges and benefits of IVC teaching from pedagogical, technical, and administrative perspectives.

Table of Contents



Taking the Long View: The Value of IVC Teaching in Distance Education

Part I: Rethinking the IVC Classroom

Chapter 1

Distance as Substance: Place-Based Studies for Place-Bound Students

Nathan Straight

Chapter 2

Interactive Video Conferencing versus the Face-to-Face Biology Classroom:

Understanding Student Attitudes and Behaviors

Thayne Sweeten

Chapter 3

"Drive-By English": Teaching College Writing to High School Seniors via IVC

Alan Blackstock and Virginia Norris Exton

Part II: Distance Teaching by Design

Chapter 4

Flip-Teaching College Chemistry in Broadcast Classrooms

Michael A. Christiansen

Chapter 5

Proven Strategies for Blended Learning: Case Studies from Distance Teaching in History

Clayton D. Brown

Chapter 6

Course Delivery Methods for Effective Distance Science Education:

A Case Study of Taking an Introductory Geology Class Online

Benjamin Burger

Part III: Team Teaching with IVC

Chapter 7

Interdisciplinary Team Instruction in a Distance-Delivered First-Year Engineering Course

Angela Minichiello, Tracy Blake, Wade H. Goodridge, and David Sam


Chapter 8

Practical Strategies for Team Teaching in the Distance Education (IVC) Context

Susan Cutler Egbert and Sean Camp

Part IV: Field Experience at a Distance

Chapter 9

Distance Field Education in Social Work: Development, Delivery, and Evaluation

Susan Cutler Egbert, Diane Calloway-Graham, and Derrik Tollefson

Chapter 10

Growing Teachers in the Field: A Distance-Delivered Teacher Education Program

Laura S. Foley

Chapter 11

If You Can’t Make It to the Meeting, Send Your Avatar: Teaching Distance-Learning Students to Collaborate in a Multi-User Virtual Environment

Nancy Glomb, Lee L. Mason, and Peter Blair

Appendix: IVC from an Administrative and Technical Perspective

The Evolution of Distance Education at Utah State University

John D. Barton, Elisa Taylor, and Robert W. Wagner

About the Editors

Alan Blackstock is Professor of English at Utah State University, USA.

Nathan Straight is Associate Professor of English at Utah State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
EDUCATION / Distance Education & Learning