Visual Communication and Collaboration:
Visual communication introduces a series of challenges compared
to ordinary classroom teaching. There are both technical and
pedagogical challenges which should be considered seriously.
By use of visual communication a lot of technical gadgets
and peripherals are introduced, which evidently may give new
ideas how to create variation in ordinary classroom teaching.
These new technical solutions also give new possibilities
to offer distance training across regions, countries and continents.
However, there is a substantial danger that introduction of
new technology in education may, in fact, lead to less quality
of teaching unless basic rules are followed.
As a principal rule we claim that is of cruical importance
to achieve a natural balance between the human relations and
the technology. On video, a lecturer never becomes a better
teacher than he or she is in normal classroom teaching. In
fact, errors and lack of overview of the technology become
more visible in these new settings.
A number of short instructional videos have been produced
to help visualizing the teaching process by use of visual
communication technologies. There are both pedagogical videos
(presentation techniques) as well as more technical oriented
videos to avoid the most common pitfalls and thumbling stones.
It is recommended that the user has got access to a video
conferencing system which is installed and set up properly,
and that the equipment might be connected to an ISDN or IP