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Using Video Conferencing in Business Training: The Power of Being There

December 22, 2014

Companies, eager to find ways to save money and cut expenses, have been turning to video conferencing for a variety of different purposes, like spurring the growth of a mobile workforce or as a replacement for business travel. But one point that hasn't been so often considered—yet increasingly is—is the concept of using videoconferencing in business training. The Costarican Times took a look at this concept more in-depth, and noted there were several key benefits to putting such technology to work in the field.

The first point The Costarican Times noted was that video conferencing as a part of training has many different sub-market applications. Naturally, there's a value in it for training within a business itself, but businesses do often work with schools and universities to get training accomplished. Said schools and universities have also found a value in videoconferencing as a means to offer coursework and lecture materials to remote students.

Perhaps the biggest advantage posed by the video conferencing concept, meanwhile, has been convenience on both sides. Educational bodies, whether these be trainers, schools or universities, can place content in one central place and have students access said content accordingly. Teachers can set up scheduled times each week to provide lectures, and students can access these lectures from most anywhere with an online connection. But beyond convenience, there's also a significant value on hand in terms of support for both students and teachers. Access to supplementary materials is almost ubiquitous; the same tools that allow for the video conferencing to take place in the first place can also allow for easy access to text-based supplements, and even supplementary video to be on hand at pretty much any given time. Video conferencing itself, meanwhile, can even allow educators to offer a kind of online “office-hours,” being available to take questions from individual students from the same feed in which the training sessions took place.

There are a host of video conferencing tools out there. Tools like those offered by Blue Jeans are one major facet of the overall field, of course, but so too are old favorites like Skype. The rise of Web-based real time communications (WebRTC) has put a whole new spin on the matter, and made it entirely possible to put such tools directly into a Web browser, making it readily accessible from nearly any device with the ability to access the Web, and video conferencing available from most any Web-capable platform with a camera attached somehow. That enormous array of options, in turn, makes it a whole lot simpler to get started with such an operation, and make it happen on a sufficiently wide number of users besides.

Video conferencing has already shown itself to be a powerhouse tool in the market, offering up viable replacements for business travel and physical, in-office meetings. But its use in education and corporate training is somewhat less considered, and by considering these uses, several new possibilities emerge and offer up critical new applications and ways to not only save money but get more done in a day. That's a value that's hard to pass up for a lot of users out there, and in turn, that makes videoconferencing a field that more and more users are considering to provide several critical advantages in normal operations. Corporate training, meanwhile, may be just one of these, but one that's growing with each passing day.

Edited by Maurice Nagle