March 6, 2013


Enterprise video platform forges stronger teaching network

Think about all the different classes, courses, majors and disciplines a single school can offer. There's no such thing as an establishment that can teach all of these fields to an expert degree, and some learning establishments may be severely limited in what they can offer students, in terms of location and staff. Enterprise video platform tools are bridging this gap, providing affordable, world-class educational opportunities to students of all levels, regardless of where they live or work.

What's more, these tools can provide the kind of feedback businesses and educators need in order to tell if deployments are working. Putting out written materials and producing images can be hard to track, but the analytic qualities of video platform options make it easier to discern if people are actually using these products. Regardless of the institution issuing the videos, knowing that these tools are making a difference and helping others can be useful in securing more funding or just finding a reason to continue with their use.

Education for the next generation
Public schools are investing in this technology, and so are local and federal government agencies, citing the return on investment and rich benefits these tools afford both schools and students alike. My Record Journal reported that the Wallingford School District near Meriden, Connecticut, had received a state grant of $145,000 to support investments in video communications tools for the various buildings and classrooms associated with the campus. These resources will help produce greater communication within the teaching infrastructure of the Wallingford district, as well as adding links to higher education facilities and the wealth of data available in online media.

Students and faculty at the school will be able to view and create videos as well. Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo told My Record Journal that the grant will be used for procuring a variety of hardware and software options for supporting these innovative communication outlets. He also added that it will help teachers perfect their skills by putting them in a more public forum, wherein people from around the world will ostensibly be able to view their videos.

"Any time we can create a situation or scenario where we can enhance communication amonā€‹gst all our schools, it's positive," Menzo said to the source. "It's an exciting opportunity to show how creative we can get."

Carrying over to the working world
This same enthusiasm is shared by video for business acquisitions, as a recent announcement from the HVAC Training School showed. The company runs training facilities for HVAC certification and education in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and various other states, and all of these centers will soon be outfitted with enterprise video solutions.

The plan is part of the school's objective to provide comprehensive webinars and training opportunities for those without an HVAC center nearby, allowing them to still gain the essential knowledge they need to obtain employment or improve at jobs of this kind. The modules will include training on diagnostics, testing and repairs, both common and advanced, that technicians are likely to encounter in this field. All training materials will be presented along with these recordings to help students get the most out of each lesson, including supplemental worksheets and other reference materials for use while responding to a call or carrying out regular job functions.

What's more, these modules put people across the country in touch with premier teaching talent – those with years of experience in the field and in leading group education. Don Miller, one of the most well-known NATE-certified instructors, will be heading off the HVAC School videos, drawing more students and professionals to these video resources. Step-by-step instructions in a visual format will allow participants of all skill levels to see how a master technician handles any kind of on-the-job issue.

A positive push for the future
A recent study by Cisco showed that the video platform option is moving toward becoming the most prominent kind of content on the internet. The Huffington Post reported that by 2016, the communications vendor's forecast shows that up to 80 percent of all online data will be presented in video format, and most everyone from teenagers to seniors will receive their information in that way. This popularity and proliferation will likely also make enterprise video platforms part of teaching and classroom activities around the world.

The various benefits of implementing video for business and school facilities range beyond education. As the Post pointed out, connecting people around the globe requires the sharing of ideas, and the easiest way to do that is to create a video expressing the ideals, culture and creativity of those presenting the information. Such deployments can last much longer and may be more useful than written materials, reaching a broader audience due to their dynamic qualities and ease of understanding.