THE INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD AND ITS EFFECT ON INTERACTION BETWEEN TEACHER' AND LEARNER' IN A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

T.B. Dlamini

Mackay Medicine, Nursing and Management College (TAIWAN)
This paper considers the focus of e-learning interaction and how it has impacted the global process of information and communication technologies (ICT) consequently on students’ and teachers’ level of interaction experiences. The progressive liberalization and deregulation of ICT development markets have led to the birth of new e-learning software, the interactive whiteboard. The interactive whiteboard is a ‘virtual’ electronic version of a drywipe board on a computer that enables learners in a virtual classroom to view what an instructor, presenter or student writes or draws, also called an electronic whiteboard. This device is a similar image to a regular whiteboard, a large physical display panel that can function as an ordinary whiteboard, a projector screen, an electronic copy board or as a computer projector screen on which the computer image can be controlled by touching or writing on the surface of the panel instead of using a mouse or keyboard. The key question in this study is whether this interactive whiteboard e-learning device actually increases or decreases the interaction between the teacher and learner in a classroom environment. This paper uses an exploratory research from a group of junior college students in Taiwan who studies in the applied foreign language department. They are to illustrate the highlights of the scale of interaction of e-learning experience and management acquired while utilizing the interactive whiteboard.