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Can video conferencing make learning easier?

Steve Weinstock of BlueJeans discusses how integrating video meetings into HE can make learning more effective

Posted by Alex Diggins | August 05, 2018 | Higher education

Video can make learning easier

Education never stops. Every day of your life, whether you're in school, university, or in the corporate world, you are continually learning. From the day you are born, you are constantly learning something new – from how to sit up on your own to how to drive a car to how to code a website.

Regardless of the environment or form that learning takes, there's one commonality – video can make it easier. Teachers, students, and corporations all over the world are waking up to this and using video meetings to augment the learning environment.

An innovative use of video tech in education is how Classroom of Champions brings Olympians into the classroom to help mentor children in under-served schools. By using video conferencing, students can see and talk to inspiring Olympic athletes that they would never normally get contact with, gaining valuable insight and helping teachers enable mentorship in the classroom.

Video in higher education

The technology is also used at some of the top universities in the world including the University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Business, Princeton and USC. Universities around the world are also using video to hold office hours with students, conduct faculty and staff meetings, and enable students to meet with one another for study sessions and group projects.

Regardless of the environment or form that learning takes, there's one commonality—video can make it easier

University staff can also integrate video tech like BlueJeans with Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and others to create and join video meetings directly from the LMS of choice; ultimately allowing professors to focus on teaching their students—not the technology that enables it.

From school to the workplace

Outside of the traditional classroom, many businesses are using learning management solutions to help train employees. Using video for training—whether it is a one-on-one session or conducted during a company-wide all-hands meeting—ensures that employees remain up-to-speed on the latest company news and product information, while also receiving the information in a more engaging and interactive way.

For example, LinkedIn uses BlueJeans and an integration with technology partner Panopto to provide a YouTube-like experience for its employees to watch recorded meetings and training sessions. Doing so ensures that employees have the opportunity to learn what they need to know, when they need to know it.

Regardless of your age or environment, video meetings can help supplement your intellectual growth. Whether you use the platform to connect with mentors, view trainings, or something else, learning can become more flexible and – whisper it – more fun.

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