Video Conferencing Technology and Education
This is the first in a series of articles focusing on video conferencing and education. Part 1: The Teaching difficult situation chiefly focuses on the dilemma that educational institutes around the world have been facing in terms of teaching.
Over the recent years, visual communication as an effective tool to enhance delivery of education has attained a lot of traction. Educational institutes are regularly faced with the challenge of maintaining consistency and quality of teaching over geographically distributed branches. for example, will a student enrolled in an undergraduate business studies program at a top tier American university experience the same teaching quality in the Middle East or Europe? The answer to this question will most likely be ‘not quite’. Although there are a number of variables at play here but the most basic challenge is access to the same quality of instructors across geographical regions. Geographical regions can typify different branches in the same city, across cities, countries and continents. Maintaining teaching standards across continents is already a bigger challenge given the social, cultural and ethnic divides.
A traditional approach to slightly alleviate the problem is to fly in faculty regularly to conduct workshops. However, this can prove to be very costly and cumbersome. Technology has an answer for this shared and age-old problem. Although video conferencing solutions have been around since the 1980s, they’ve never been so affordable and easy to reach as they are today. Visual communication technology has progressive leaps and bounds making it highly immersive and interactive. More importantly, the bandwidth and the infrastructure that is required to sustain a truly interactive video conference is ever more affordable and ubiquitous now. This makes videoconferencing a viable and functional learning tool for the classroom. Truly interactive visual communication can add a level of teaching consistency across multiple institutes.
complete HD 1080p video, 360-degree audio combined with interactive whiteboards and multiple cameras provide the next best thing to being physically present in a classroom. Video conferencing technology has truly reinvented how teachers and students interaction. From sharing lecture notes and feedback to carrying out assignments and group work, a video conference setup in a classroom knows no geographical boundaries. The selection of video conferencing equipment however may appear to be daunting initially with the sheer amount of options obtainable. I personally prefer Panasonic Video Conferencing.
Panasonic is a manufacturer of state-of-the-art Video Conferencing equipment. Their Visual Communication technology combines complete 1080i video coupled with progressive compression algorithms connecting you with colleagues and experts around the world on standard broadband connections. 360° HD complete Duplex Audio with echo cancellation technology combined with dramatically video provides a truly immersive and collaborative video conference.