With fewer funds available to support educational improvements, schools in many countries seek ways to lower the economic burden while improving education results. In response, education initiatives have created multiple channels to offer flexibility of location, timing, and price to students. Many proponents of correspondence courses and distance learning believe that real-time give-and-take with teachers and other students is crucial to effective learning. That interaction should be face-to-face for maximum engagement.
Bringing best-practice teaching to more students
Educators already use videoconferencing to deliver a more effective learning experience at a lower cost, by allowing education resources and experts to be shared regardless of their location. This not only saves money but also brings the best teaching practices to a wider group of students. Avistar works with organizations and experts across the industry to bring cost-effective, video-enabled education to a greater cross-section of the population.
Videoconferencing in education
As an example of videoconferencing, one US state allows high school students to earn advanced college credits through courses taught via videoconferencing, by recognized subject matter experts, when the course is not offered locally. This example demonstrates that it is not only in providing the basic access to education that the Internet and videoconferencing shine. The educational experience is stronger if it includes direct contact with experts and guest speakers. These individuals can appear in several classrooms in one day, if the classrooms are virtual. With videoconferencing, since physical travel is eliminated, the star guest is more likely to be affordable, to agree to take part and actually show up.
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