What is Video Conferencing?
Video conferencing uses telecommunications of audio and video to bring people at different sites together for a meeting. This can be as simple as a conversation between two people in private offices (point-to-point) or involve several sites (multi-point) with more than one person in large rooms at different sites. Besides the audio and visual transmission of meeting activities, videoconferencing can be used to share documents, computer-displayed information, and whiteboards.
As an interactive communication medium, two-way video stands out in a number of ways. It’s almost like being there. The visual connection and interaction among participants enhances understanding and helps participants feel connected to each other. This goes a long way toward building relationships in a way that e-mail, telephone, or online chat systems cannot, supporting collaboration among traditionally isolated institutions. A video conference can improve retention and appeal to a variety of learning styles by including diverse media such as video or audio clips, graphics, animations, computer applications and many more.
Video Conferencing in your industry
Video Conferencing enables students from remote areas or long distances to attend classes wherever they are. Universities are using video conferencing as a means to offer full degree programmes online more and more, this offers a greater degree of flexibility to both students and lecturers. Provided the universities have the right equipment, students can interact with both lecturers and fellow class mates alike either individually or communally.
Medical professionals use video conferencing as a means to communicate with each other on various topics and for various reasons. Doctors can now send a patient to a specialist and consult with that specialist live whilst dealing with the patience. Test results can also be discussed in urgent situations between laboratories and doctors both in hospitals and in the field.
If your business involves any level of consulting then video conferencing can greatly benefit your company. Meeting virtually allows for significant savings on travel and accommodation costs as well as saving the time it takes to travel long or even menial distances to and from clients and/or associates.