My colleagues and I at the Distance Course Design & Consulting Group presented some research at the Hawaii Educational Research Association conference earlier this month, and based on that, I put together the VoiceThread presentation embedded below. (By the way, “Elizabeth Lavolette”? Yeah, that’s my alter-ego.)
The research is a comparison of two virtual classroom setups: Elluminate Live! and Dimdim. Both Elluminate and Dimdim offer free and paid versions, but we are comparing the paid version of Elluminate with the free version of Dimdim. One purpose is to explore the feasibility of a free product replacing a paid one. Another purpose is to explore the potential of open-source software. (Dimdim has an open-source version that can be hosted on your own server. We haven’t tried that yet, but we plan to!) We are still doing research, but our preliminary results are in the presentation below, also available here.
Update (4/23/2010): You can now find a PDF of the paper related to this presentation in the post Dimdim vs. Elluminate: Round 2.