For many years, videos have been used in higher education as a way to complement traditional educational methods like lectures and group activities. Streaming video is a type of video technology that can facilitate interaction in a higher education setting. There are some great ways streaming video is being used in higher education today.

1. Remote Learning

In a remote learning class, students receive instruction from a professor in a centralized location. This means that classes can be held for students all over the world. Remote or distance learning is becoming extremely popular: according to Anuli Akanegbu at EdTech, 64% of full-time faculty who teach classes at community colleges also teach distance education classes.

2. More Flexibility In Group Work

Group work is an integral part of most higher education curriculum. Streaming video will allow groups to work more flexibly by allowing students to stream each other’s feeds so that they can talk about the work they are doing and exchange ideas that will help them attain more success with their collaborative efforts.

3. Massive Open Online Courses

Also known as MOOCs, massive open online courses are becoming very popular with people who want to continue their education without the traditional financial investment required to take college classes. One of the ways streaming video is being used in higher education is for people to take MOOCs and receive evaluations on the work that they are doing or collaborate with others taking the same course.

4. Parent Monitoring

For parents heavily involved in their children’s progress at higher education institutions, streaming video is very helpful. Streaming video can help parents understand what their kids are doing in class and why it might be effective, which will help them better appreciate their child’s education in order to provide more moral support.

5. Guest Presentations

For professors who want to incorporate guest speakers and presenters, it can be a challenge to arrange the logistics and travel compensation required to physically bring a guest speaker into the classroom. This is one of the more effective ways streaming video is being used in higher education by instructors without a huge budget for their materials, who still want to expose their students to information from authoritative sources in pertinent fields. With streaming video, students can interact with their guest speaker and the speaker can tailor their presentation based on the specific student population they are speaking to.

While these are five ways streaming video is being used in higher education for the benefit of students and professors, it should be noted that as technology develops there will be an increase in the ways in which streaming video can be applied to higher education. Streaming video does come with certain technological requirements such as having sufficient bandwidth and the right kinds of devices, but once these requirements are fulfilled both instructors and their students will be able to enjoy the educational boost that can be provided by streaming video.

At Advanced AV we seek to work closely with our customers in the higher education space to deliver the right mix of technology and tools to create smarter classrooms and more satisfied students. If your campus is seeking a partner in learning technology then we would love to have a conversation with you to see what more could be accomplished by working together.