The effectiveness of videoconferencing in long distance learning is rapidly becoming more apparent. Studies have consistently proven that students receiving distance-learning training learn as effectively as students in traditional classrooms.
Distance learning can be an effective way to train a work force. The benefits of distance learning are that it is a cost-effective way to train a widely dispersed workforce, saving on travel expenses and time away from work. It provides flexibility convenient for individual schedules, allowing learning to take place anytime, anywhere. And it gives companies a good way to retain their most valuable employees.
Distance learning enables learning to be self-directed, provides a high level of training, and makes it easier for businesses and organizations to achieve their goals and objectives.
Learning via videoconferencing is valuable in another way, regardless of who the learner might be. The benefits are obvious.
Video learning is like having a live virtual classroom where everyone connects to the same server at the same time. An instructor is present to teach the content, and electronic tools allow for hand raising and interaction. Nothing is lost in translation; all the components of traditional education are in place. Individuals trained effectively with videoconferencing can be trained whenever needed. Being able to teach in smaller chunks, in a timely manner, means that learning is retained.
As videoconferencing gains in popularity more and more industries are making use of the technology that it brings with it. The top five businesses that benefit from videoconferencing include architecture firms, educational institutions (both primary, secondary, continuing education and distance education.
The medical fields (including pharmaceutical companies), any and all businesses dealing with finance including banks, brokerage houses, law firms, insurance companies, etc., and many hotel chains.
In a general way videoconferencing can be used to schedule meetings as well as hold meetings; it can be used to conduct interviews, both individual and group interviews; it can be used to conduct seminars as well as giving lectures and it can be used for many types of collaborations and evaluations.
The particular applications of videoconferencing work very well for those who work on a telecommuting basis. As well the areas of telemedicine and tele-education respond very positively to the advanced technology that videoconferencing allows for. Money is saved and travel is cut down upon, as well as missed hours and days lost from work due to travel.
Videoconferencing brings new meaning and potential to the concept of globalization and it brings the network of business industry into a clearer focus by allowing business in other parts of the world to directly interact with the people it needs to bring together. In a nutshell, videoconferencing makes what was once inaccessible (or only partially accessible), now very accessible.
As well, businesses that are multinational can greatly reap the benefits that the decreased need for travel allows. Videoconferencing also makes it possible for more frequent meeting to take place between offices and consultations with business partners and colleagues in other cities, states and countries.
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