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US Professors leading the way in video conferencing

Professors at the University of Kansas have been making use of a combination of teaching methods, from traditional class-based learning to more innovative learning methods via video conferencing technology.

Director of Instructional Development and Support, Susan Zvacek, comments that the University has been making more use of video conferencing classes and is hoping to increase their video conferencing facilities further – to add to their existing classrooms with video conferencing capabilities.

As well as for long distance learning, the University is planning to use the technology in the future to offer additional courses, as video conferencing reduces the need for multiple teaching spaces, allowing students to access lectures at home or in their halls of residence.

Zvacek commented of the University’s new focus: ”I suspect that the University will move towards a combination of technologies that would involve online coursework as well as video conferencing technology.”

As well as the University of Kansas, other US education establishments such as Princetown and Berkeley are implementing video technologies to supplement their teaching quality. Back in the UK, Oxford and Cambridge Universities are starting to embrace video content by publishing lectures online, in a bid to move towards digital lecturing.

Video conferencing creates a seamless communication platform between a student and teacher, allowing students from a variety of locations to benefit from a Lecturer or Professor’s knowledge, without having to travel onto campus. Such lectures are ideal for those who live in remote areas or who suffer from physical disabilities, as they allow an individual to digest knowledge in the comfort of their own space.