Perry Goldstein says the old saying “a picture is worth 1,000 words” still rings true in higher education today.
He says education and teaching strategies are mostly visual in today’s pedagogy, and visual content delivers more information than traditional lectures.
As a result, Goldstein says colleges need to equip themselves with excellent videoconferencing technology.
“If you can show something to somebody rather than just talking, there’s a lot more information you can generate,” says Goldstein, Director of Sales & Marketing at Marshall Electronics/MXL. “Everybody now has devices where they can view video on their phone, computers, tablets, etc. They already own the equipment to view it with, you just have to go to the right place to view it.”
Goldstein says videoconferencing technology democratizes how students consume their education. He says videoconferencing technology enables students to pick where and when they “go” to class, especially in distance learning.
“Now, you can deliver lectures and learning from a location where, before, you literally could not do it – you had to give people curriculum at home, things for people to study with on their own, take charge of finding the information,” Goldstein says. “It’s the same experience as sitting in a seat in that classroom except better, because it’s on their terms, and they can see it over and over again.”
He also says this gives colleges a leg up on attracting remote students to enroll in their classes, and the opportunity to break their geographic boundaries.
“It’s important because it gives schools the ability to reach past their geographic territory worldwide and gives everybody a better learning experience,” he says. “That’s why conferencing in higher ed is so important. It’s good for everybody – the school gets a higher reach, and more people can take that class.”