What Role can Live Streaming Play in Education?
Live streaming is trending on the internet. Many large enterprises are interested in using live streaming to improve their services. Social media platforms are investing a lot of money to incorporate the live streaming feature. The mass utilization of live streaming is just the beginning, and there is plenty of growth left in this segment.
There are other use cases for live streaming. Many platforms are using livestreaming as a medium to reach their target audience. One of the unique platforms that have an educational intent and is completely based on livestreaming is â€œLiveEdu.tv.â€ Liveedu.tv is a live project-based learning platform for people to improve their technical job skills in multiple fields, such as Programming, Artificial Intelligence, etc.
We all know how technology plays a significant role in education. Live streaming acts as a tool to provide education for all age groups.
It is clear that there are multiple benefits and opportunities of using live streaming and we will cover them in this article.
Below are some educational benefits and opportunities of Livestreaming.
Benefits of live streaming
- Live Interactive Experience: The biggest advantage of live streaming is the ability for students to have a live interactive experience. For example, LiveEdu.tv offers opportunities to both teachers and students to be part of a larger community.
Christopher Wolfram is explaining the code behind the movie, â€œArrival.â€ He is continuously interacting with the audience and providing them with an interactive experience about the code used in the film named, â€œArrival.â€
- Better Learning Experience: Learning from live streams is an entirely different experience compared to traditional classes. Traditional classes are not always the best environment as the teacher cannot really focus on every student. Livestreams or recorded video offer students an opportunity to revisit the lessons at their own convenience. Clearly, thatâ€™s an advantage to the students to reinforce concepts. Ciscoâ€™s research on video learning also gives the same outlook as more than 65% of the teachers agree that it helps students.
- Real-time and On-demand Live Streaming: With the improvement in almost all sectors, there is a huge demand for new topics that need to be covered. Live streaming enables educational institutes and platforms to provide real-time on-demand content to the audience. This enables anyone to get access to cutting-edge learning material and help them grow.
- Accessibility: Accessibility has been one of the biggest benefits of live streaming. Anyone who has proper connection can connect and become a part of the community. There are no hard rules to adhere to when watching the livestreams. Remote areas also get the benefit of livestreaming.
- Learning about Viewers: Online learning and live streaming has been made possible due to the advancement in technology. The same technology also helps educators understand the students and their learning patterns. Educators can also study students learning habits. This way, they can build courses and cater to each student's learning habits. You can read “the study” by the University of Maryland to know more about patterns that can be learned about students.
Opportunities of live streaming
Now that we have learned about the benefits of live streaming/video learning, in general, letâ€™s dive deep into the opportunities of live streaming.
- Reaching a Diverse Learner Base: With livestreaming, any institute can reach a diverse audience. For example, institutes, such as Stanford University have their online platform for anyone to access. Anyone with the urge to learn can go and take the courses offered by them. Even though most of the courses are not strictly livestreamed, but they do provide the same purpose, i.e., educating.
- Educators can Earn more Money: Educators can use livestreaming to help other students. Multiple educational live streaming platforms offer an opportunity for teachers to earn extra cash. For example, LiveEdu, SkillShare, and other platforms are a good starting point.
- Platforms can Use live streaming as a Marketing Tool: In the current market, educational institutes are competing among themselves to grab the best talent. By livestreaming their courses, they are not only helping their current student base but also indirectly marketing their educational institute to the aspiring students.
- Live streaming Enables Educators to Record their Lectures: Lectures donâ€™t need to be always repeated. Livestreaming provides educators with an opportunity to record their session and use it later. They can also distribute the recording on YouTube or get paid by platforms, such as Udemy, LiveEdu, etc. Doing so enables them to earn more money or get acknowledgment about their work.
- Community-driven Learning: Community driven learning has always been there on the internet.Platforms such as StackOverflow heavily use community-driven learning. Livestreaming also enables a community driven approach that can be extremely important. Broadcasters and learners can engage in a community-driven learning and also earn at the same time.
Live streaming is only in its infant stage. It will grow big in the future, enabling millions of learners to engage in meaningful learning. With growing usage of live streaming, education will become more accessible, meaningful and impactful in areas never seen before.
What do you think about the educational benefits and opportunities of live streaming? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Raymond and Christine make very important points about accessibility! It is vital to consider this, and it can be challenging in a live streaming environment, as live speech-to-text conversion is not a simple or inexpensive thing to do (as just one example of an accomodation that ideally should be made).
Education providers need to keep in mind disability access issues of live streaming and ensure that real time captioning and transcription is available for Deaf and hearing impaired students and if worried about confidential information have everyone sign a non disclosure statement
There really are a lot of advantages that live streaming can bring to education and it is great that the article backs that up. I also really like that it suggests that live streaming can be used as a marking tool for education. After all, with the right permissions, you might even be able to show a live classroom to show how your education system works.
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I like how you said that an education platform that uses lives streaming can provide on-demand content to the audience. This would be awesome if you are trying to teach something that is easier done than said. Explaining something as it is done would be much easier than trying to explain without a visual.
Education is indispensable part of our life without which It’s difficult to become a perfect human being. It is responsible to deliver every knowledge & skills along with the change in positive attitude to have better quality of life.
Glad to see an article about the advantages of live streaming. And you’re right in that it’s still in its infancy, especially in regards to use in schools. I would like to add that schools streaming with our system are using it in many ways that benefit engagement between school, parents, and students alike. Many of our schools are not only streaming the obvious events such as graduation, plays, music events, etc- but are also live streaming morning announcement. It serves not only as a way to replace their aging coaxial system in place, but as a new experience as students broadcast live news and events to the school- and these broadcasts can also be viewed by the parents and family members on smart devices/smartphones. Because the broadcasts are also recorded, they can be viewed later so that the parents can keep up with school events and possibly see their child do one of the announcements. More creative ways are being used as teachers realize how easy it is to do.
I like that you see live streaming as a help for accessibility. I have a different definition of accessibility, one you didn’t mention, and that is ADA compliance to make live streaming accessible for people with disabilities. And, given that live streaming is in its infancy, thinking about ADA compliance as a component of live streaming at the start, means that incorporating accessibility into live streaming will be easier to accomplish.
For educational institutions, accessibility is required; whether talking about websites, online courses, webinars, or live streaming. That they are not doing it yet is not an excuse. That you failed to mention it here is an unfortunate oversight. Folks need to hear that they have legal and ethical obligations around accessibility, and accessibility is more than just having a “proper connection… and become a part of the community.” It requires awareness about what it takes to ensure everyone can become part of the community.