The lecture has long been the standard for transmitting knowledge to classroom learners, but these days a lot of students are participating in distance learning courses. As a result, teachers are starting to look to webcasting to upgrade their existing distance learning solutions. In a classroom, a teacher can strive to promote interactivity by allowing students to ask questions, work together on projects, play learning games, and more. Online, all of these features can be brought into play as well with webcasting.
If you’re not yet familiar with webcasting, this is a type of technology which is similar to webinar software, but with more powerful capabilities. Anyone with a high-speed internet connection can participate in a webcasting presentation. Webcasting is fairly simple to set up, and is also quite affordable. Some instructors and school boards shy away from webcasting because they imagine it to be costly, but scalable solutions like those offered by INXPO will be affordable to K-12 schools and higher learning institutions.
How is webcasting currently being used in education?
- Distance learning institutions like online universities and K-12 schools are using webcasting to teach all of their classes to students
- Brick-and-mortar colleges are using webcasting for the distance learning opportunities they provide.
- Professors and other faculty members are taking advantage of the capabilities of webcasting in order to meet with other professionals, cutting back on travel expenses for learning seminars and conferences.
- Schools are also using this software to train their own staff members in the latest educational techniques.
INXPO’s communications software is used in the educational sector by instructors and also by corporate HR departments for training employees. It is specifically designed to help you to transmit knowledge using live video, crystal clear audio, chat and screen sharing. With this software, you can lecture students but also provide a platform for interactivity. Q&A keeps students involved, and you can use instant polls and surveys to check to see whether students are comprehending information. You also can automatically log all activity so you can review your sessions and figure out what you can improve and who might need a little extra help.
Before you start using webcasting for your distance learning classes, a couple of quick tips. Don’t forget that interactivity is key, whether in person or online. Most teachers have found that the best approach is to regularly interact with students and allow students to influence the direction of the discussion, just as you likely would in a classroom environment. If you wait until the end of a long lecture to use the live chat, polls, surveys and other interactivity features, comprehension will suffer. Finally, never lose sight of the fact that technology by itself does not transmit knowledge, but you can leverage the power of technology to share knowledge more effectively. Ultimately the instructors who achieve the best results from webcasting will be those who are able to unite powerful technology with effectual teaching techniques.
To learn more about INXPO’s online communications software please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-962-3708.
Post contributed by Adam Polaszewski