Multimedia based Online Education in Germany

F. Bodendorf (Germany)


teleteaching, telelearning, virtualuniversity, broadband network, video/audio transmission


Technical developments in the fields of communication and new media are important pacemakers for the process of education reengineering. In various countries there are strong efforts to establish a broadband communication infrastructure for education and research, e. g. the Internet-2 project in the United States. In Germany the Federal Department of Education, Science, Research and Technology promoted a Broadband Scientific Network which started working in 1996. This nationwide highspeed Internet backbone provides the platform for exchanging high quality multimedia data among universities. Online teleteaching using video/audio transmission can now be integrated into distance education concepts. This paper outlines the corresponding technical environment and teleteaching scenarios applied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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