Two-Way Video Technology in Online Class Improves Quality

As more colleges and universities are making courses available online, institutions are experimenting with different ways to make online learning easy and engaging. This has driven online video to become one of the most important parts of education, and as the medium matures, teachers looking to spice up their classes with technology are implementing more video [...]

As more colleges and universities are making courses available online, institutions are experimenting with different ways to make online learning easy and engaging. This has driven online video to become one of the most important parts of education, and as the medium matures, teachers looking to spice up their classes with technology are implementing more video in the classroom.

Online video is becoming the new backbone of education technology, and educational institutional are focusing on face-to-face video classes to give students more of an in-class learning experience. Recently, a top Ivy League university used new online video technology to deliver its online course and received glowing accolades, according to Rony Zarom of Wired.Com.

The university, wanting to mimic the in-person classroom experience as much as possible, delivered a live video feed of the professor and also of the 25 students simultaneously. This helped to make the online class more interesting for students, who were happy to see videos of themselves live and reported feeling more connected.

With the new two-way video experience, the university saw an 86% improvement in engagement over previous online courses, and students gave the class a 9 out of 10 rating when it came to “quality expected from this university.”

YouTube, FaceTime and video chats are the norm for today’s students who grew up in the midst of a visual sharing revolution. Seeing videos of themselves in a live online class helps them feel more connected, while also enabling them to communicate visually with each other. This not only fosters community and accountability but also the creation of a more conducive learning environment.

Professors also praised the use of two-way video. According to one of professors in the program, “…unlike in class seminars, it is easy to point out who is/isn’t engaging…It’s actually easier to push students to have quality discussions and engage seriously with the material in the on-line [sic] format than it sometimes is in-class.”

By making students the stars, educational institutes can make an online course more engaged and make students more satisfied with online learning.

One student wrote on their evaluation, “…[B]ecause the class was entirely online I felt more comfortable contacting my professor or TA…sometimes it can be intimidating to go to a professor with a silly question. This greatly facilitated student-professor interaction.”

The two-way video learning experience also saves students money and is cost-effective for institutions. The traditional way of offering seminars and discussion is expensive due to requirements of physical classroom space and an instructor who can lead a limited number of classes in a given place on a given day.

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