AGT in classroom and research

AGT in classroom and research - PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF...

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PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF ACCESS GRID TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCES IN CLASSROOM AND RESEARCH ENVIRONMENTS ABSTRACT The capabilities of technology has continuously grown as time has advanced; this growth has spawned a plethora of opportunities in the educational arena for a more efficient and effective means of teaching than those offered through traditional classroom methods. The Access Grid is an example of such means. This entity, used by over five hundred institutions worldwide, is a suite of hardware, software, and tools used to facilitate communication and collaboration via the Internet. This paper will show ways that Access Grid technology can be used in the classroom to enhance student learning experiences, as well as the advantages of such thorough research and data collection and analysis by collegiate-level students. Keywords: Collaborative Environments, Access Grid, Video Conferencing, Enabling Technologies INTRODUCTION A full Access Grid node was installed at Florida A&M University in 2003 and has since facilitated classroom experiences, institutional research, and collaboration. One prime example is FAMU’s participation in the 2005 Supercomputing Conference. We will discuss the experiences and perceptions of Access Grid Technology use in classroom and research settings, and more specifically, a case study of FAMU’s participation in Supercomputing Conference 2005 over the Access Grid. LITERATURE REVIEW Every industry and institution in the world’s educational and workplace environments are gradually moving towards globalization. This is because of the vast amount of knowledge that can be shared between counterparts normally unable to communicate with one another. Technology is the main catalyst used to spur this globalization revolution. An example of a technological advancement used in this area is collaborative environments. Collaborative environments are defined as “a set of technologies that support the process of joint creation where individuals with complement skills gain knowledge never possessed by any of them before (Gachev, 2005).” This technology basically allows its users to access information from their counterparts simultaneously, instead of with time lapses that are found in other communication mediums, such as e-mail. There are many forms of collaborative environments, the most prominent being Video Conferencing, Groupware, and Access Grid Technology. Video Conferencing is defined on www.webopedia.com as the act of “conducting a conference between
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course ORL 1000 taught by Professor Buontempo during the Spring '11 term at Columbia.

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