Interactive Learning Using Video Conferencing Technology

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At present, most of the educationists find Video Conferencing as an interactive medium for conducting classroom training for an ample number of students who are located at variant geographies. Initially most of the students and parents have a pessimistic view on e-learning, that it wasn’t an interactive session. Because of this renovation, the e-learning sessions have turned to be more interactive.

Video conferencing is a perfect solution for conducting the virtual classroom training as it enhances the quality of virtual lessons and is a more flexible solution for the students and the tutor. Initially for e-learning it was a hardware based, where the tutor and the students are restricted to the boardroom, where all the hardware equipment is installed. But now, the solution has become more mobile, through the invention of video conferencing software.

The video conferencing software enables the user to connect to the classroom by being anywhere across the globe. Through this solution, the users do not have a need to book the boardroom for attending the training sessions. The software can be installed on a desktop, laptop, I pad and Android based mobile phones, this type of video conference is often referred to as desktop video conferencing. Through this the students can login to the session during the time of traveling also.

The major aspects that are most widely considered in the virtual classroom is, interactive sessions. In order to make the session more interactive, it is important that the Video Conferencing solution must offer the live data sharing option. The solution, offers all the features that are required for conducting the virtual classroom more effectively.

Video Conferencing software is integrated with a digital white board, which serves as a white board in the physical classroom. Whatever the tutor scribbles or writes on the digital white board will be seen by all the students who are attending the virtual classroom session. Upon the release of control by the tutor, the students will also get an opportunity to write on the white board. The audio and video communication between the tutor and the students will be livelier; the students can pose doubts or questions during the session, as in the traditional classroom.

Apart from the white board, the Video Conferencing Software is composed of file sharing options, where any kind of files such as ppt, excel sheets, pdf, word documents and multimedia files. The tutor can send any kind of study material to all the students, without separately sending it through the mails. Being at the conference, the tutor can send reference materials.

The topmost benefits of videoconferencing software for modern classroom trainings are as follows:

Highly helpful for the students who are very far located from the tutors place.

Operational cost is very low when compared to a physical classroom.

The tutor and the students can share the materials immediately

Flexibility and mobility are the added features of the software

The tutors and the students can share the digital whiteboard; students can raise doubts at any time during the session.

Through the various layouts in the video conferencing software solution, the tutor screen can be shown in a maximized screen and the various students will be shown in the floating screens.

Source by Shelly Desuza

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