Videoconferencing over the Internet is a stable and mature technology
that can deliver economically, educational content to large audiences.
Since October 2004, ForumOnAstrology has been using this approach
to deliver live weekly video broadcasts of its two year program based on a
traditional approach to astrology.
This live video conference represents an outgrowth, culmination, and extension of
ForumOnAstrology's six years and 2000+ hours of experience and efforts with videoconferencing
Using this methodology, we have taught an average of six to nine hours a week to
a total of 10 groups of students enrolled in our two year program and to two groups
in our graduate program.
How ForumOnAstrology's uses the technology
During our live broadcasts a student sees a video image of the instructor and
may communicate with him during a session via an instant message facility, or
if they have a headset, they may ask a question directly. Students are also
prompted by the instructor from time to time during the lesson to respond to
multiple choice or simple "yes-no" questions to insure their understanding of
the content at that point in the instruction.
Each lesson IS ARCHIVED after its initial broadcast and can be replayed by the
student. This means that they have the ability to view a previously
broadcast lesson or to play the session should they have missed the live broadcast.
This insures continuity in learning.
This ability represents the achievement of a goal that we set for
ourselves when we started the Internet program six years ago. We have created
the most realistic learning environment for learning outside of attending a live
After a rewarding twenty-five year career at New York University's Stern School of
Business, I retired as Director of Computing in 1995 and turned Astrology into a second career.
During my university years, I had occasion to test many new technologies. One such
opportunity arose in 1993 as a joint experiment NYU held with several other
Business Schools including MIT, Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and others
to explore the practicality of videoconferencing on the then newly emerging Internet.
We realized immediately the tremendous potential this technology held as a
way to extend educational efforts. We also concluded at that point in time
that the associated costs of the technology - even within an academic environment - were prohibitive let alone something
that could be deployed practically by individuals. Seventeen years later, the landscape
has changed completely.
What we bring to you, the conference participant
This is our history with the technology and the experience we bring to you, the
conference attendee: An opportunity to participate in an economically priced and
educationally rich experience from some of the most talented practitioners and
teachers of astrology in their respective fields of expertise via videoconferencing.
And as in our two year program, each conference broadcast IS ARCHIVED after its
initial broadcast and is available
for immediate replay or for up to three months after the conference ends. This
have the ability to view a previously broadcasted lecture or to play a lecture
should you have missed the live broadcast.
I hope you will join us by participating in this novel and pioneering way to
experience educational content delivered to the astrological community by some of
the best of minds in the field today.