Video conferencing’s impact on education growing

Video conferencing's impact on education growing

Video conferencing plays a key role for countless companies. Firms from around the world depend on this technology to enable personal, (virtual) face-to-face collaboration and communication among workers who would otherwise have to rely upon phones and email. The productivity boost that this more personalized form of communication delivers can be tremendous.

But while video conferencing solutions are primarily associated with internal corporate communication, it is important to note that this technology has also had a huge impact on government and nonprofit organizations. Notably, video conferencing has been integral for advancing online education, as PC Tech Magazine recently highlighted.

Video conferencing and education
As the news source pointed out, universities and other education providers have found numerous applications for video conferencing solutions.

Crucially, PC Tech Magazine noted that many schools now share their lectures and other teaching sessions with one another. Additionally, the ability to attend lectures via video makes it possible for a single professor to reach a much wider audience while only spending the time to deliver the lesson once.

For example, The Center of Science and Industry noted that video conferencing solutions have drastically affected medial training and learning. As the news source reported, this technology allows students to witness surgeries and other operations in real time without traveling to a surgical theater.

Student opportunities 
Beyond increasing the productivity and outreach of schools and educators, video conferencing has also created new opportunities for students, the news source reported.

PC Tech Magazine explained that, as a general rule, students were previously limited by their geographic locations. The only viable educational options were those in the immediate vicinity. Not only has online education negated these restrictions, but it has also delivered a new degree of adaptability in regard to time and scheduling. This flexibility is particularly important for students who may be handicapped or have special needs that makes it difficult to travel or abide by a set schedule. 

Expanding influence
With all of these advantages, it is clear to see why so many universities, colleges, school systems and online education providers have gravitated toward video conferencing solutions, and many more are likely to do so in the coming years. 

As educators continue this trend, it is essential for organizations to exercise caution when selecting the particular tools. Specifically, schools should look for video conferencing solutions that deliver high-quality video and, even more importantly, reliable availability. A consumer-grade offering will be susceptible to outages, downtime, problematic connections and other issues that can severely undermine the technology's value.