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Using Video Conferencing When Conducting Academic Research And Presentations

Updated on January 8, 2016

Video Conferencing Enhances Education Opportunities

The state of Minnesota makes excellent use of digital whiteboards for videoconferencing.
The state of Minnesota makes excellent use of digital whiteboards for videoconferencing. | Source

Digital Whiteboards Revolutionize Worldwide Communication

In the past, academic establishments were often unable to collaborate with one another effectively. Today, thanks to advances in technology, top institutions can collaborate in real-time via video conferencing. In this article, we will share information and discuss the benefits of digital whiteboard use for collaboration in the academic environment. Read on to learn more.

Share Information Amply!

Video Conferencing Makes Sharing Easy & Productive

Thanks to the Internet, top universities around the world can now share important information and research results through video conferencing. Important discoveries in fields as diverse as gerontology, astronomy, physics and more can be shared between nations as far flung as Dubai, Australia and the United States. Not only that, many different conferences can be combined to generate new and original thinking and solutions to the most challenging and perplexing problems of the day. One example of this took place when video conferencing was used to conduct the Annual United States' Community Genetics Forums.

It's easy to see that today it is not necessary for members of work groups to gather together in a single room and pass hard copy information back and forth. Today, the top thinkers in a vast array of topics can meet conveniently and affordably to share ideas and information "on-the-'fly". This is an excellent, money saving way to stimulate lively and productive discussion of the major challenges facing the world today. Indeed, use of digital whiteboards for online video conferencing makes it possible to complete previously unimaginable projects.

Video Conferencing Adds Flexibility To Education

Students Benefit From The Virtual Presence Of Guest Lecturers

Video conferencing is also an excellent way to improve education. Expert guest lecturers can be "brought in" from around the world to address conference halls filled with students eager for knowledge. Not only that, but these lectures can also be saved for future use. This means that the hosting institution is able to get maximum value for its lecture budget.

Here are a few examples of top universities that have made good use of this innovative technology:

* The University Of Exeter has been presenting top level lessons using video conferencing since 2007. In fact, nearly 500 such lessons have been presented on the campuses of both Exeter and Cornwall.

* Colorado State University makes regular use of digital whiteboards and video conferencing both to present information to students and to facilitate excellent communication among academicians. The university has a dozen spacious, on-campus video conference rooms. Both life-sized video conference equipment and secure meeting software are in regular use by students and faculty.

* South East Physics Network makes regular use of video conferencing in a number of facilities (i.e. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Royal Holloway University, Southampton University and Sussex University). This technology makes communication concerning the very essential field of particle physics fast, efficient and cost effective. This ability to collaborate is a big change for particle physicists, who have traditionally worked alone. The result has been greater accountability and quicker, better research results.

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Video Conferencing Benefits The Environment

It goes without saying that in all of these examples, the people involved in worldwide (or even city-wide) collaboration via digital whiteboard are creating a much smaller environmental footprint than they would if they were to physically travel from place-to-place. In addition to treading lightly on the earth, these experts are treading lightly on their own energy. Being able to simply sit comfortably at their own desks and collaborate efficiently with their materials and references close at hand results in greater energy applied to research, development and communication. This, in turn, means that the hosting entities reap greater value for their investment.



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      Kanai Adhikary 18 months ago

      Yeah, video conferencing has definitely strenghthend education sector as now teachers, professors etc. can conduct online classes virtually from anywhere anytime. Students can particpate from whichever location they are. Most of the educational institutions are nowadays using tools like webex, gomeetnow, gotomeeting, R-HUB HD video conferencing servers etc for conducting online classes, online lectures etc.

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      Sally Branche 2 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Thanks for your kind words! ;D

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I like that you pointed out it's a green alternative.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful analysis of these technical applications.


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