Technology has long played an important role in higher education. As technology has advanced over the years, many universities have been quick to adopt the latest, cutting edge software and apps. By taking this approach, universities are able to create a better learning environment for students. Webcasting for education is just one example of this.
While online learning and educational webcasts are not new concepts, it has not been widely accepted as the primary way to facilitate class. COVID-19 has changed that mentality for universities across the world. We’re seeing many universities all over the world switch to online classes. Here are all the major colleges and universities that have switched to remote courses so far. By converting large lecture halls to webcasts, universities can safely continue classes online. And reinforce social distancing practices that keep students and faculty healthy.
Benefits of Webcasting in Education
There are several benefits of webcasts that extend beyond being able to offer online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Overcome Physical Boundaries for Broader Reach
Webcasting allows you to reach students across geographical areas. Without the boundaries of a physical classroom, you can facilitate lectures and reach students all over the world, that are not physically present on the university campus.
By hosting a webcast, universities and colleges not only have a broader reach, but can host more students in a class at one time as there are no longer any physical constraints of a typical lecture hall. With GlobalMeet Webcast, you can broadcast professional-quality webcasts to hundreds or thousands of viewers anywhere, on any device. Faculty can alleviate some of their scheduling issues by hosting larger webcasts to accommodate more students at one time.
2. Use Interactive Features Such as Polls
Webcasts can also help create a new type of learning environment for students that is engaging and interactive. For instance, professors encourage interaction by taking advantage of webcasting features like polling to keep students engaged. Imagine being able to poll students during class and share results in real time. This is a great way to engage students and provide more insight into students’ thoughts and overall understanding of the subject matter.
3. Record Classes and Consume On-demand
Polling isn’t the only way to keep students engaged during webcasts. When setting up a webcast, you can add additional resources like worksheets, PowerPoint presentations and articles to the webcast itself for students to refer to during class. Another great resource to provide students is the webcast recording, which can be distributed to students immediately after the webcast is complete. Students can now stay 100% engaged during class without worrying about taking notes, thus improving performance. They can simply play back the webcast on demand for virtual notes.
4. Introduce Guest Lecturers
Webcasting can help you expand your pool of knowledge and resources. For instance, you can invite other professors, industry experts and analysts to join your webcast as a guest presenter.
Webcasts open up new opportunities for guest lecturers since there are significantly fewer scheduling conflicts for a virtual event as opposed to an on-premise presentation. With 100% virtual events, renowned experts can take part in classes without ever having to leave their home. This allows professors to think outside of the box when it comes to their curriculum and learning strategy.
Bring in guest speakers via technology with proven expertise enhances the educational experience of the students. Moreover, it is a great way for the students to get maximum exposure to guest speakers worldwide as they talk about their real life experiences and not what is there in the textbooks.
5. Conduct Exams Online
Webcasts can also be used to conduct online exams. You can incorporate video clips and questions to build an interactive learning experience. Or simply create an exam after your students view the webcast. You’ll have access to all the answers in the presenter portal and students can get real-time results on if they passed or failed the exam.
6. Webcasting for Campus Tours
The coronavirus outbreak has put a hold on the college search for many prospective students. Typically, universities and colleges would be busy with high school juniors and seniors touring the facilities and making their college choices. Now universities have to target these students in a new way. Consider hosting virtual tours via a webcast for campus recruiting. You can still share the best of what your university or college has to offer but in a way that’s safe for everyone involved.
Webcasting in education allows universities and colleges to interact in ways they weren’t able to before. Given this unprecedented time, webcast software can be a huge asset for institutions.
Contact a GlobalMeet Webcast representative to see how we can help your university transition to a true online learning environment.