The 4th of July has come and gone and it’s officially about six weeks until school is back in session. However, chances are, learning looks a lot different today than it did when you were a student. Industries today are widely adopting video conferencing, and higher education is no exception. By incorporating video technology, universities are able to offer students, faculty, staff, and alumni a richer learning experience both in and out of the classroom.

Leveraging Polycom video conferencing systems, Florida International University is expanding globally, now offering courses to students in China, enrolling 1,200 Chinese students in their School of Hospitality and Tourism. Extending enrollment internationally through the use of video not only increases revenue without expanding facilities or add headcount, it also gives international students the ability to earn a U.S. degree without ever leaving their home country and American students a more global perspective.

Meanwhile, Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is using Polycom’s RealPresence video conferencing to educate the doctors of tomorrow. Professors can record, upload, and share recorded lectures across the state, eliminating the need for commuting hundreds of miles between satellite campuses across. Video not only saves professors the hassle of commuting, but more importantly gives students a contingency plan for missed classes and a resource for studying. What’s even more interesting, students at Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy are utilizing video conferencing out in the field at their internships, consulting with instructors live to confirm symptoms over video and ultimately give patients advice. 

Video isn’t just for enrolled students either. Before they even step foot on campus, universities can recruit and engage prospective students through videos on their website including a virtual campus tour, FAQs video, or orientation videos. Faculty and staff benefit as well with increased access to professional development and the ability to conduct video interviews, finding the best candidate for the position regardless of location. Alumni, family members, and the community can also stay engaged with campus life when universities use video to broadcast commencements, guest speakers, and sporting events.

Video is bringing students, faculty and campus communities from all over the globe together. Contact Yazatel today to discuss how you can incorporate video conferencing into your education initiatives.