Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Video conferencing for New age education

By Jimmy Booth

Virtual education via Video-conferencing has had a more astonishing impact on the education industry today more than any other. Many institutions offer E-learning options these days. Educational Institutions boast about their own radical improvements in e-learning methods and principles. But did they embrace it so fervently in the beginning? Were educators and students able to use this revolutionary technology in one shot? Or did they have to learn to adapt?

video conferencing and E-learning gives students the chance to learn in a very different setup from the traditional classroom. The teacher presenting a virtual lecture or class needs a high speed data connection to be connected through a web camera and an audio transmitter to upload his video in real time.

Students attending the class just need a computer or a laptop along with high speed data connection to stream the session.

Infrastructure has always limited the Education industry. Traditional facilities have limited space to accommodate a limited number of students. Lack of space means Barely 10% of the students who aspire to attend a top school anywhere in the world get to fulfil their dreams.

There are numerous advantages attached to this type of learning technique. 1) The individual can take lessons from his/her room, without going anywhere. This saves his/her precious time and travelling cost. 2) He/she can take lessons from the best faculty, which was otherwise available to few lucky ones. 3) He/she can also record those lessons for future use and a better understanding. 4) It provides a better room for discussion with a wider audience. 5) The student can ask questions via chat, then and there. 6) High quality education available to everyone with a limited infrastructure cost. 7) Such a learning technique enables cost effective education facilities for developing, under developed nations and remote locations

This new age e-learning technology offers immense advantages over traditional learning methodology. It is more environment as well user- friendly. While Virtual classrooms through video conferencing may never replace traditional classrooms, the technology definitely expands the horizons of education systems making better education a reality for the less fortunate.

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