There are currently more students enrolled in higher education than ever before. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are an estimated 20 million college students pursuing academic degrees in 2012.
According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Forum on Education Statistics, distance learning with the help of video conferencing technology is now an integral role for most organizations involved with teaching to consider. Even Harvard University, one of the top educational institutions in the world has implemented the idea of distance learning into its curriculum.
Both students and educators have grown increasingly more familiar with video and web based conferencing tools used for distance education that the quality of distance learning has vastly evolved and improved. More people are interested in distance learning than ever before, and there are many benefits as to why.
The US Journal of Academics reports that distance education allows for greater accessibility to the classroom for those who would not normally be able to attend or teach classes. It saves time and resources because there is no need for transportation expenses. It also allows for flexibility. With so many students working and attending school, distance education using video conferencing technology allows them to study at their own individual pace so they can better balance their many responsibilities.
As video conferencing technology continues to evolve and remain affordable, look for more educational programs to adopt this style of teaching.