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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Distance Learning Through Video Conferencing

"Video conferencing is one of the newest ways campuses across the world are turning to deliver classes and distance learning." continues Uloop News.

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Distance learning has been around for quite a while now and thanks to the internet, it has been made almost a standard of every university that has a web page.

Distance learning removes physical and geographical barriers to learning but at the same time, there has been something missing in the recreation of classes and the feel of the distance learning experience.

There are some notable producers of distance learning packages, among them Blue Jeans for Education, which takes the classroom back to the student. As a means of delivering lessons to a distributed user base, it is very effective and does its job most efficiently.

There are a number of reasons why someone would consider using video conferencing for their distance learning course. Some of these are:

Freedom of Location
Living in a place that is far from the geographical location of your campus can be quite hard.

This can be exacerbated by the times at which lectures for distance learning are being delivered.

In order to ensure that you can catch a lecture live as it’s being done, video conferencing for distance learning allows you to see the delivery of these lectures in full detail and high definition anywhere you can get a connection for your device.

Because the requirements are usually device independent, it doesn’t matter what type of device you’re going to use to connect to the lecture. This means that you can be doing anything you want during the day while at the same time attending class live. These lectures are also usually recorded so they can be viewed at a later time, or snippets uploaded to the class in order to present a point.

The recorded video also allows for freedom of location because once you have a connection that allows you access to the internet, you can get these videos to stream or download as you see fit. Then you can learn at your own pace.

Faculty-Student Meetings
Sometimes, faculty needs to meet with a specific class on a one-by-one basis or needs to deliver a statement to the class before a particular event happens. When this situation arises, it is much easier to perform these face to face meetings over video conferencing than to schedule each student separately.

In creating a video conferencing precedent for this, the lecturer and the university demonstrate their willingness to embrace modern technology in carrying out their duties.

It also makes it a lot easier for students to attend these meetings because they have a standardized time that is communicated to them for the meeting and they don’t have to actually go anywhere, simply turn their computer or other device on and join the video conference. It removes the problem of students being late to the meeting or missing the appointment.

Real time streaming makes it seem as though the student is right there, and doesn’t take away anything from the physical meeting while being a lot easier to manage the schedule of meetings to be had.
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Source: Uloop News