Could classes taught via video conferencing become commonplace?

Friday, September 2 2011

Colleges recently have begun to offer entire courses supported by recorded lectures called podcasts. Best used for students who are unable to attend classes in person, the lessons help educate individuals and help them save costs in travel.

However, one could argue that the most important part about education is being able to engage with the teacher and classmates. Unfortunately, as educational costs rise, fewer students are able to allocated the proper amount of funds to attend prestigious universities around the world.

Video conferencing has been introduced as a solution to that problem. In a similar manner to the ways that schools have embraced podcasts, institutions are looking at video conferencing technology as a way to expand their student body and offer courses to students no matter their geographical location.

While that allows students the opportunity to save money on boarding at a university or traveling to class, it also gives individuals the chance to engage with teachers during a lecture. As more universities offer video conferencing-supported classes, it will become easier for students who are off-campus to feel as if they're a part of the schools community.

Companies such as MegaMeeting offer video conferencing software to businesses across the country to help them improve their mobile communication skills and create a better sense of connectivity between their faculty members, customers or student population.