Why the Video Streaming Platforms Became a New Educational Trend

Modern streaming video platforms offer impressive opportunities for both online teachers and learners. Since learning online become a common practice in education, video streaming services play an important role in delivering information to learners. Streaming media helps understand more complex concepts that are difficult to comprehend in form of audio, text or graphics.

Video’s face-to-face context engages the students, and can effectively capture cultural context to enhance the learning experience (Stilborne & MacGibbon, 2001). Furthermore, videos have visual appeal that can evoke emotional reactions from students that would help in increasing motivation (Joint Information Systems Committee). With these benefits in mind, streaming video is a new opportunity for educators to bring online courses alive.

Video streaming services are broadly used in schools, universities, public libraries and on educational websites. Video streams have a great impact on today’s online media ecosystem, and are available on different platforms, access networks and streaming formats.


Video streaming in universities

A plenty of prominent higher education institutions such as Harvard University, University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow use the video streaming solutions for various objectives  – organizing the distance learning and virtual classrooms, faculty collaborations, conferences, guest speakers, commencement ceremonies, Campus TV, research and training, live sports.

Over half of colleges and universities have integrated Kaltura video solution with their learning management solution. According to the latest company’s report, video use is increasing in all areas of academic life: 75% of higher education respondents now use video as part of their assignments (up from 71% last year), and 58% of higher education students admit their institution provides a flipped classroom approach, where students watch video lectures outside the classroom and in-class time is used for exercises or discussions.


Video streaming in public libraries

When good libraries lent various types of content including books, CDs, DVDs, ebooks, the best and innovative ones implement the new content format – streaming video. This trend is quickly gaining traction across the country. For instance, Boston Public Library (BPL) and Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) have employed two most popular streaming video lending services, OverDrive and hoopla. Public Libraries users have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, and all they need is a laptop connected to Wi-Fi and a library card. OverDrive and hoopla offer recommended lists of content based on user’s preferences.


Video streaming in educational marketplaces

Live and on demand video is used by many teaching and learning marketplaces where educators can share, exchange or sell their knowledge with those looking for it. With a full set of e-learning  and web conferencing components, it has not been easier to deliver the lessons.

Here are some of the popular examples of educational marketplaces: WiZiQ, Sclipo, Moontoast, MindBites, EduFire, Busuu. If you are eager to discover other educational marketplaces, check out this article.
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