Currently, most educators see video conferencing as an interactive medium for conducting classroom instruction for large numbers of students located in different regions. Initially, most students and parents have a pessimistic view of e-learning that it was not an interactive session. Because of this renovation, the e-learning sessions have become more interactive.
Video conferencing is a perfect solution for conducting the virtual classroom training as it improves the quality of the virtual lessons and provides a more flexible solution for the students and the tutor. Originally it was hardware-based for e-learning where the tutor and students are confined to the boardroom where all the hardware equipment is installed. But now the solution has become more mobile with the invention of video conferencing software.
The video conferencing software allows the user to connect to the classroom from anywhere in the world. With this solution, users do not need to book the boardroom to attend the training sessions. The software can be installed on desktop, laptop, I-Pad and Android based mobile phones, this type of video conference is often referred to as desktop video conference. This allows students to log into the session even during travel time.
The most important aspects that are considered most often in the virtual classroom are interactive sessions. To make the session more interactive, it is important that the video conferencing solution offers the option to share live data. The solution provides all the features needed to run the virtual classroom more effectively.
The video conferencing software is integrated with a digital whiteboard that serves as a whiteboard in the physical classroom. Whatever the tutor scribbles or writes on the digital whiteboard is seen by all students participating in the virtual classroom session. Students are also given the opportunity to write on the white board after the tutor releases control. The audio and video communication between the tutor and the students becomes more vivid; Students can raise doubts or questions during the session, just like in the traditional classroom.
Apart from the whiteboard, the video conferencing software consists of file sharing options in which all types of files like ppt, excel spreadsheets, pdf, word docs and multimedia files are included. The tutor can send any type of study material to all students without mailing it separately. During the conference the tutor can send reference materials.
The key benefits of video conferencing software for modern classroom training are as follows:
Very helpful for the students who are very far away from the tutors place.
The running costs are very low compared to a physical classroom.
The tutor and students can share the materials instantly
Flexibility and mobility are the additional features of the software
Tutors and students can share the digital whiteboard; Students can raise doubts at any time during the session.
The different layouts in the video conferencing software solution allows the teacher screen to be displayed in a maximized screen and the different students are displayed in the floating screens.