US instructors embracing videoconferencing in teaching

February 1, 2011

With the ubiquity of Webcams and students being accustomed to using popular video-chat services such as Skype, professors in the US are beginning to allow their students to attend traditional classes via Webcam under certain circumstances. Instructors already welcome their guest speakers using this technology, giving students the chance to interact with experts they otherwise would only read about in textbooks. Some professors even exchange guest lectures as favours. There are some downsides to classroom videoconferencing -- the technology does not always work, and it becomes an extra responsibility for instructors to facilitate such accommodations. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)