Video conferencing has proven itself as an effective way to connect remote employees and develop closer communication with customers, but it also offers many benefits for colleges and other educational institutions. Just as video conferencing enables employees to work remotely it allows students to attend universities without physically attending. This creates many advantages not only for students, but for the universities, as well.
Global enrollment opportunities. Video conferencing allows for individuals in different parts of the world to connect in real time. This means that traditional interviews for potential students can be held via video conferencing, allowing for the interviewer and interviewee to build a stronger connection than a traditional phone interview allows. This technology also allows students around the world to enroll in universities and attend classes without having to increase the amount of facilities on campus.
Lecture flexibility. With video conferencing, students, professors, and even guest speakers have the ability to access lectures or presentations remotely. This provides international or off-site students the opportunity to connect to the lecture live or record the lecture to view at a later time or date. The ability to view lectures on personal devices and at a later date assist with time differences for international students while also providing an opportunity to revisit the information for studying purposes.
Increases engagement. When international students connect to live, real time lectures via video conferencing, they have the ability to engage with their professors and peers by asking questions, providing analysis, or presenting alternative ways of thinking. Video conferencing also allows for professors and guest speakers to take the lecture wherever they would like in order to give students a better understanding of real life experiences. For example, culinary students can transport into an actual kitchen or pre-med students to a real time surgery without leaving the lecture hall.
Higher levels of student collaboration. Not only does video conferencing increase engagement for international students, it also increases the level of collaboration and productivity. Fostering an open learning environment with students from around the world allows for different points of views to be exchanged and opens up the classroom for a more collaborative and forward thinking environment.