Videoconferencing is no longer exclusive to the workplace; today, video conferencing is having a huge impact on education, opening new teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students alike. Imagine gaining real world experiences and sharing first-hand information with experts, lecturers, and peers from around the world, without ever leaving the classroom. This is exactly what’s happening in education today as more and more institutions adopt online learning, and introduce video collaboration into their curricula.
Not too long ago, the high cost of videoconferencing systems made it difficult for some schools to take advantage of video in the classroom, but thanks to rapid technological advancements, that is no longer an issue.
Today’s in-class videoconferencing set-up is not the bulky, difficult-to-use AV equipment of the past. Mobile technology, Wi-Fi, and the increased use of smartphones, tablets and laptops allow for never before seen flexibility for faculty and students, and Internet-based videoconferencing services, such as Google Hangouts and Skype, have “mainstreamed” video, which more and more people use in their everyday life. For schools with the budgets to “go pro,” integrated AV systems can now be customized to suit individual needs, allowing the technology to scale alongside educational facilities classrooms to accommodate a price point that is reasonable for smaller institutions.
The technology aside, there are also myriad educational benefits to incorporating videoconferencing in the classroom today. Here are just a few:
Broader Range of Course Offerings
There are some smaller schools that simply cannot offer students a large variety of classes. Videoconferencing allows schools of any size to participate in distance learning, which expands course offerings cost-effectively. Students studying foreign languages, like Japanese for example, can have the opportunity to interact with teachers and students in Japan. Taken a step further, […]