Video conferencing is used all over the world by schools, colleges and universities. It enriches learning, connects students to lecturers, classrooms to classrooms, and can even expand horizons by taking students on wondrous journeys of discovery where they see new sights, and get to meet modern day explorers. The top video conferencing use cases in education are widely considered to be:

Distance learning

Remote students connect directly to a lecture or classroom.

Extended curriculum

Subject matter experts and guest lecturers bring value to offer new niche subjects.

Increased communications and understanding

Connects students to lecturers across campuses.

Virtual field trips

Brings learning to life by connecting students to places and people of interest.

Teach the teacher

Cost effective way to increase learning and share skills.   Today, some new powerful use cases are emerging within the education sector. These are being fuelled by the cloud, which is driving down costs, increasing accessibility and helping educational establishments to scale usage and expand support and services. Specifically, universities are using cloud video conferencing software to not only enrich learning, but also to provide pastoral care and support for foreign students.

 A good case in point is Liverpool University, which uses the StarLeaf cloud solution to connect students attending its London campus to central resources, some 220 miles away in Liverpool. Through a combination of video endpoints, both hardware and software, Liverpool is able to scale its resources and deliver administrative and operational services to both faculty and students in London, without incurring the cost of either travel or additional staff.

This is made possible because as a StarLeaf user, Liverpool University is able to freely distribute the Breeze software to those that meet its qualifying criteria. Another great example is how StarLeaf cloud video conferencing and calling is being put to use by an international university in its conferencing and interpretation facility, which is hired out for private use. Here, its language students are employed to provide simultaneous translation services.

Crucially, and because they use StarLeaf Breeze and the StarLeaf guest invite feature, the university and its customers are able to invite guest speakers and participants from all over the world to join conferences, lectures and sessions via live video. In both of these examples, the universities make full use of the StarLeaf cloud video conferencing and calling services, and they have also adopted StarLeaf video hardware for meeting rooms, classrooms and in some cases on desktops in administrative departments and libraries.

As it's cloud based, there is no need for other infrastructure, which is costly to buy and maintain, which in turn means that the universities have all the advantages of scaling video out to all faculty members and students, all without incurring additional costs usually associated with a traditional on premise system. Education establishments using StarLeaf cloud video conferencing and calling include:

  • York University (Schulich College and Glenden College), Toronto
  • Jacksonville University, FL
  • University of SD Foundation, South Dakota
  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of the Witwaterstrand, SA
  • University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Citaverde College, Netherlands
  • Royal College of Surgeons, UK
  • Jamestown Community College, NY
  • Laidlaw College, NZ
  • Crofton House School, Canada
  • International School of Management, Germany
  • Taiyo Dental Hygenist School, Japan
  • St. Paul's Collegiate School, NZ

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