Video conferencing opens classes to region

Friday, December 10 2010

The Ohio University Learning Network allows students to attend classes at the main campus, regional campuses and other partner universities such as Ohio State and Akron University, regardless of which institution they are currently enrolled in.

Video conferencing makes the educational possibilities endless for the network, reports WOUB Radio and Television.

Class space may be limited at some individual institutions, professors may not be available or there may not be enough interest in a course at a certain location, but a video conference guarantees that students will still get the option to take the classes they want.

"We are able to combine the knowledge of online teaching, traditional face-to-face teaching and video conferencing networks to create classes that meet the needs of students, faculty and universities as a whole," Jessica Makosky, the distance learning operations supervisor for OULN, told WOUB.

At tuition-comparable costs, students can enroll in a video conference course. It has all the same functions as a regular course, except that the professor is not in the classroom but visible through a two-way audio and video connection.

Other colleges are also using video conferencing to expand their offerings. The Oklahoma University Medical Center has recently announced that they will be offering video language interpretation services, addressing the growing need for its limited English proficient, hard-of-hearing and deaf patients.