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Thursday, August 22, 2019

At Indiana U., video platform blends traditional and distance education | Higher Education - EdScoop News

Students can't always make it to class, but a video conferencing platform ensures many in-classroom benefits are preserved with remote attendance, Betsy Foresman, editorial fellow for Scoop News Group reports.

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Students attending Indiana University are now able to combine the collaborative benefits of a traditional classroom education with the ease of access that comes with distance learning, through video conferencing technology.

In a report published last week, the university announced it had partnered with software provider Pexip to test the feasibility of a remote attendance policy, which would allow students to join live lectures remotely. The web-based video conferencing platform delivers dual views of the instructor and classmates, enables remote students to hear the instructor and any student speaking in the class, and allows remote students to join in-class discussions in real time.

According to the report, students are excited about this new attendance option, which gives them increased flexibility around how they can attend and be present in class...

By bringing live lectures into the virtual space, motivated students now have more options and don’t have to decide between attending class or skipping.

Instead, they can listen to and actively participate in live-lectures from where ever they may.

Source: EdScoop News