Skip to content

How Videoconferencing is Changing Higher Education

by SUMMIT on July 7th, 2015

How Videoconferencing is Changing Higher Education

More colleges and universities are using videoconferencing in order to enhance communication between students and faculties, as well as reduce infrastructure costs. While it is true videoconferencing is becoming more mainstream, most institutions do not have the budget or resources required for onsite deployment.

This is where cloud-based video technology steps in as a more affordable solution. Apart from being cost-effective, cloud videoconferencing is also more scalable and reliable, making it the preferred choice for organizations of all types, and the driving force behind its growing popularity.

Many college students are taking advantage of the benefits videoconferencing has to offer. Video collaboration allows for face-to-face meetings with professors across several time zones, online courses, and meetings with faculty from different universities. Plus, students are using these tools to connect with peers around the world, to collaborate and work on projects together. Let’s delve deeper into how videoconferencing is changing higher education.

Enhanced Global Reach

With videoconferencing, students are taking advantage of collaborative and hybrid classrooms. Hybrid classrooms allow students to attend regular in-class sessions for a particular course, while also availing themselves of online learning. This technology is taking distance learning to the next level, allowing innovative educators to plan interactive teaching based on their students’ needs, no matter their location. This, along with collaborative classrooms, have helped students to move beyond the four walls.

Thanks to advanced videoconferencing technologies, cross-border students can now work together on the same projects in a collaborative environment, enjoying valuable face-time with other students to discuss and share ideas and give feedback. It also lets students continue group projects after campus hours, again, from anywhere.

Cost Savings

Cloud-based video technology also helps higher-ed institutions save money. For one thing, it reduces the infrastructure expenses for institutions since is doesn’t require onsite deployment. Subsequently, there is no investment for maintenance and support because the service provider takes care of those issues.

Colleges and universities can also conduct administrative and departmental meetings, seminars, and training sessions through webinars or videoconferencing formats. This saves time and money that would otherwise be spent traveling. It eliminates the need for additional faculty members, especially for universities that have more than one campus. Through videoconferencing, a teacher can now teach classes at different campuses from a single location.

Improved Scope of Teaching

Videoconferencing helps faculty members practice different teaching methods such as the flipped classroom. This method moves the traditional aspect of learning online while the classroom is used for a more interactive, discussion based approach between students and teachers. The University of Southern California in Los Angeles has been using cloud-based videoconferencing for more than a decade and is considered one of the pioneers in incorporating video technologies to create better interaction during classes.

Through collaborative video technology, students can connect with renowned professors and industry experts from around the world to get a broader, enriched learning experience, and faculties from various campuses or colleges can collaborate and teach a course together.

What to Consider in Cloud-Based Videoconferencing

When it comes to integrating cloud-based videoconferencing, academic institutions and their IT teams need to consider these three key factors.

What the cloud service supports. The provider will need to support various operating systems and perhaps even legacy equipment that predates the provider and the new technology.

The price of the service. It pays to shop around, as new cloud-based services are cropping up all the time and the market is becoming increasingly competitive.

How calls connect. Many cloud services work where calls need to be initiated by one party with an invite for the other party to join in. Some new cloud services connect like a typical phone call. Figure out which way will work best for your needs.

Videoconferencing is becoming firmly entrenched in business and now has found its rightful place in education. The technology allows students to collaborate with professors, experts and peers from across campus and around the world. Faculty can use it to teach a class together, have meetings, and even use it as a recruitment tool. The possibilities are virtually endless with cloud-based videoconferencing, and as the technology becomes more affordable and reliable, it will continue to change the path of education.

Photo Credit: Barrett.Discovery via Compfight cc

From → Education, Technology

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.