Online learning in some form or other has been a feature of universities and colleges as far back as 1994. Twenty years later with advancements that result in lower costs and better accessibility, technology has created a rather substantial shift in the way post-secondary institutions operate(1).
The terms Video Conferencing and Web Conferencing seem to be used interchangeably though they are really two different tools. Sure both conferencing technologies do essentially the same thing - bring people in disparate places together without the need to travel - but each ones does it a little differently, and each one has its optimal use case based on strengths. In this post we dig a little deeper into what differentiates video conferencing from web conferencing and the ideal situations for each.
Nothing can replace the richness of face-to-face collaboration, but thanks to today’s technological advances and the evolution of HD video conferencing, it eliminates distance, invites collaboration, and increases mobility to all users!
Working for a company that provides hosted video conferencing services, that has partners and customers all across the country, and has a high proportion of remote employees, I spend a lot of time on video. I am fortunate to have access to several really nice boardroom systems as well as a system on my desktop and on my laptop for when I'm not in the office. So regardless of the situation - meeting with a small or large groups, or with individuals, i have the right tool at my disposal. That's not always the case in other organizations that have video or those that are thinking about it.
One myth that we encounter often in speaking to people about the benefits of video conferencing is that video is limited to big boardrooms, and accessible only to the chosen few in any organization. The truth is, that with advancements in video technology, the number of innovative ways video can be used these days is astonishing! We’ve blogged before about the benefits telepresence can deliver for remote workers, but the potential for video outside of the boardroom extends much further – it is transforming the way we communicate, collaborate, educate and train, service customers, and more.
Over the past years, the growth in adoption of both free and paid video solutions as a new form of communication within organizations has been growing. Consequently just about everyone has an awareness of such technologies.
However, many people are still reluctant to utilize video as a means of communication in a professional setting. We’ve heard all the excuses, everything from “I don't want to be on camera ” to “I don;t know how it works.” or "That's just for the executives to use". Whatever the excuse, it hampers companies from maximizing their investment in enterprise video.
Congratulations! You have just implemented video conferencing for your organization. Now you’re probably wondering to yourself how to be sure that it won’t sit in a corner collecting dust!
Getting people to think about changing the way they work by using new technology, even when the benefits are obvious, can still be a hard sell.That is one of the reasons clients who have implemented video use to explain why no is using it a year later. But there are countless ways that you can ensure that video conferencing adoption happens, and happens fast. It may take some time and effort but the results are totally worth it.
Here are 12 ways that you can promote better adoption of video conferencing among your users.