Written by Beth Hildreth on May 30, 2013
Categories: Industry Articles

How do you offer students separated by distance an in-depth learning experience, complete with collaboration, without forcing them to travel to the same location? It’s quite simple: you embrace and implement the latest technology available to facilitate such an experience. And that technology is video conferencing. 

Recently, 17 deans of universities in Indonesia, accompanied by the Secretary-General of the country’s Ministry of Education, discussed the impact video conferencing could have on the future of the country’s education sector by improving both the educational experience and the number of students enrolled in higher learning.

Those educators spoke with a faculty member of Australia National University’s School of Music who explained how video conferencing allows students to learn in ways never previously realized. For example, his music students are able to learn from virtuoso musicians stationed abroad.

That faculty member was then asked about how students responded to the virtual nature of instruction.

“Students understand that it’s not as good as face-to-face, but this is the second best option, and therefore better than every alternative,” he said. “The more you use it, the less the lack of face-to-face matters. We now have collaboration with Ireland, Korea and other countries. The students are not performing any less in a video conference session that when they perform on a face-to-face basis. In fact, sometimes it is more immediate. You can hide in class, but you can’t hide on a VC feed.”

In addition to opening up more educational possibilities, video conferencing allows schools to maintain a consistency amongst lectures and lessons. The technology enables administrators to watch professors teach in real time. Those lectures can also be recorded and played back, so students and faculty alike can watch them on demand.

Universities seeking to boost the educational experience they offer should consider leveraging the power of video conferencing in order to provide more opportunities for their students.