How Web Conferencing Provides Educational Opportunities
Many colleges have been expanding their curriculums over
the last decade to include online classes and web
conferences have played a significant role.
A feature that only requires an Internet connection to
access, a web conference allows instructors to interact
with their students by lecture, discussion or question and
answer. Whiteboards can be employed through web
conferencing, as can slideshows, allowing the instructor to
demonstrate examples or share graphics that illustrate
While many online classes also utilize web pages, message
boards and emails, the web conference allows for a lecture
period and if a student is 'absent,' they can replay the
Also, with web conferences, lectures can be 'recorded' and
attached on the syllabus page for viewing as the students
achieve that part of the semester. This not only allows
more freedom for the instructor, but also for students with
regard to flexible enrollment.
Online college courses allow more people than ever to have
the college experience. Freed from the obligation of
committing two or three hours a week to a physical
classroom (not including drive time) lets everyone from
full time employees to full time parents take advantage of
the opportunities for higher education.
Technology has a way to breed progress and nowhere is that
statement more visible than in the utilization of web
conferences in online courses.
Online courses are not for every student, because they
require a certain amount of self-motivation and drive. They
also require that the students work to completion without
the pressure of physically presenting themselves week after
Another benefit of web conferences is the ability of some
instructors to host an "office" night and be available
online for questions or discussion with students.
This increased contact can be more personal and while
students and instructor discuss issues via the conference,
both are still able to handle other matters whether it's
telephone calls for work or typing up a homework assignment
or even cooking dinner.
Web conferences are a tremendous tool for educators and
students alike. The advantages they provide far exceed
their own limitations. Classes that deal in languages and
art are not suited to a web conference format, yet.
These limitations are imposed only by the technology so
far, yet what is possible for educators now was only a tale
of science fiction three decades ago, so who knows what
three decades more might bring.
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About the Author
John Simpson works in software development. Some time ago
he was asked to research voip and web conferencing. Now
his company has slashed their comms bill and travel costs,
using web conferencing technologies.