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Video Conferencing is Improving Post-secondary Education for Everyone

Cameron Smith
July 29, 2016

Technology is facilitating a dramatic shift in the way distance is perceived. Social media makes global friendships far easier than they would have been 20 years ago. Audio conferencing is connecting business branches across the country.

Video conferencing promises the next major leap in communication connection, making face-to-face from anywhere easier than ever before.

This is more apparent in Universities and colleges than anywhere else, as it fits the needs of students, administrators and educators perfectly.

Here are four exciting ways video conferencing is currently being used to augment post-secondary learning:

1. Bringing the Classroom Closer for Distance Education

For students around the world who want to attend the best universities for their degree, it often means uprooting and moving thousands of miles away.

This can be tough on both finances and family, and may be an insurmountable barrier for entry to some of the top minds seeking top schooling.

Sure, there are comprehensive online course with written lecture notes and tests. But there’s something lost without the ability to interact with professors and TAs.

The addition of a camera, microphone, and internet-enabled device can trade the dryness of going over old slides for the engaging lecture they were intended to be.

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Anyone who’s had a talkative professor knows the kind of flavor spontaneous anecdotes and relevant stories can add to a learning experience. These personal touches may not make it into a test, but they provide context to sometimes-challenging material.

With video conferencing, distance learning can remain just as effective and engaging as its conventional kin.

More than that, it can offer students that would otherwise be unable to attend the school of their choice the chance to thrive, without uprooting their lives.

  1. More Opportunities to Connect With Educators

Oh, office hours. Do you remember trying to schedule time with your prof or TA? It can be a daunting task.

Often it means lining up with a bunch of other students for hours before you get a chance to discuss marks, exam prep, or any missed (or confused) class-given information.

These office hours are essential to the success of many students, but they’re in short supply. And for students who live off campus (or are pursuing distance education) they may be completely inaccessible.

That’s where video conferencing offers a unique opportunity. Rather than bundle up in the dead of winter at odd hours of the day to spend an hour in line, a quick video call from an internet-enabled device can connect students and educators.

This is great not only for the students, but for the professors and TAs who hold the office hours too.

Rather than have to carefully organize a lineup of students and count on their punctual attendance, educators can now seamlessly meet with students via video, not only from their office but from anywhere.

Video conferencing has enormous potential to streamline interactions between students and those who teach them for the convenience and productivity of both.

  1. Connecting With Experts

One key practice of universities is connecting minds from around the world to ensure effective knowledge transfers.

But a significant barrier to this is distance – a top expert or lecturer in a field may not have the time or budget to visit other schools and share the valuable information at their disposal.

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Just like in lecture, there’s real value in face-to-face communication. Simply reading articles or hearing recording may not provide the in-depth educational experience some students and educators require to absorb information.

On top of this, part of being a professor is performing research and collaborating on academic papers. Conducting interviews for a thesis, or merely collaborating on a shared project can be done over a phone, but much might be missed without the visual aids, graphs, and other materials required.

  1. Clarifying Complex Ideas

Another barrier to basic audio communication is sound quality. Tapping into global experts means facing the obstacles of international communication, like difficulty understanding a myriad of accents and dialects.

Video conferencing addresses and solves all these problems.

Top-tier video conferencing like RP1Cloud allows for proper presentations with the visual components that bring lectures to life. Experts can collaborate to the fullest extent, without being limited by audio-only communication.

And, at its core, RP1Cloud is designed to have flawless audio, especially when paired with hardware designed by Polycom – the industry-leading company that built the backbone of RP1Cloud.

With flawless audio and crystal-clear video, understanding (and being understood) becomes a lot easier between global academics.

Conclusion

Video conferencing promises to revolutionize multiple industries by changing the way people are able to communicate across distances.

Nowhere is this proving more valuable than at post-secondary institutions.

By making classrooms more accessible to distance students, streamlining office hours, and augmenting academic collaboration, video conferencing is improving education for everyone.

Contact us today to start augmenting the academic experience at your institution.