How Web Conferencing is Empowering Student Success

By Simon Breedon,, Degree Jungle,

Web conferencing has enhanced the effectiveness of online education, as well as brick and mortar education tenfold. Students are utilizing web conferencing tools more frequently and on a more goal-driven basis. From sharing files and engaging in social debates, to holding live instructional events entirely online, web-conferencing as an educational tool is changing how schools and universities function. This trend can be seen taking place both inside the classroom and outside where students are not just socializing with fellow classmates, but engaging with mentors in the form of webinars and study groups. The following are some of the interesting ways in which students can use web conferencing both inside and outside of the classroom.

In the Classroom

Inside the classroom, in both college and on the high school level, the expectation for students to be technologically savvy is becoming more pressing. This requires students to show they can utilize tools that extend much further than Microsoft Excel, or the basic Power Point Presentation. Web conferencing is the perfect tool to satisfy this expectation. In addition to being a valuable resource for information by providing students with the ability to contact experts in a certain field, web conferencing can also be used as a digital presentation tool in the classroom for live interviews with experts. Before conferencing was applicable as an integral part of the classroom, the thought of having an author present a live reading of their critically acclaimed novel, or having an actual political leader speak at a small classroom event would have only been possible in the rarest of opportune occasions. Web conferencing makes this type of exchange more convenient and thus more possible.

Outside the Classroom

Outside the classroom, students have the power to engage their fellow classmates on a level that is unprecedented. They can interact with mentors and experts for coaching and counseling. In many cases, counseling or consultancy services that were available to students in the past were often overlooked or avoided due to their lack of privacy or convenience. Tutoring services, foreign language studies, and adolescent counseling are all services that were costly or time consuming, but video conferencing makes them cost effective and time efficient. The most important aspect of this innovative resource is that students now have the ability to reach out and get assistance they need from the best possible source. They are no longer limited to resources just within their immediate surroundings, or community. The possibilities for education are truly globalized through web conferencing.

Future trends

Now that web conferencing applications like Skype and Google Talk are extending their functionality to mobile devices, students will truly be able to conference on the go. The fact that numerous mobile devices are extending their use to faster 4G networks makes data streaming and sharing much more plausible as well. The best benefit of being able to engage a large group through a web conference by cell phone is the ability to share files conveniently and securely with an entire group within the span of few seconds while on a daily jog, or running other errands. The multi-functional nature of web conferencing on mobile devices allows for an entirely new realm of possibilities in education and business.



AnyMeeting Helps You Meet With Class


With our busy schedules, it can be difficult to find time for those important in-person meetings involving your child’s education.  Sometimes it can be hard to get around work and the other responsibilities we face, so how can you make sure you stay involved when you can’t be there physically?

This is where a free web conferencing solution like AnyMeeting comes in handy.  Even though you can’t be there in person, you can be still there online.  Here are five ways AnyMeeting can help bridge the education gap we all experience with our children.

  • Parent/Teacher Conference – Meet with teachers and get the important details on your child’s progress without having to physically go to the school.
  • Study Groups – Help your child set up and attend study groups with classmates to prepare for the upcoming exam, or work together on an important class project.
  • Tutor Help – Get your child the one on one instructional help he needs with that awesome tutor who may live in another state or country.
  • Preparation – Practice makes perfect.  Use AnyMeeting to practice, record and review your child’s important class presentation.  Send the recording link to others who can provide input.
  • Testing – Help make sure they’re ready for the exam.  Use AnyMeeting to create custom quizzes and tests to help give your child the best shot at getting an A+.

Often it can be difficult to find the time and be as involved in our children’s education as we would like to be. Our lives get filled with obligations that have to be met.  However, AnyMeeting can help keep you informed and involved in your child’s education.  Even if you can’t be there in person, AnyMeeting can help you and your child make the grade.

The Truth About Teaching via Webinar

Update: Please note that AnyMeeting was known as Freebinar prior to 3/26/11.  Blog posts prior to this date may still mention Freebinar.  For more information, please review our blog post or FAQ’s on our name change.

When you think of a webinar, what comes to mind? It depends on who you are. It might be an online meeting with other office branches, a training session, a sales and marketing presentation, or an interactive classroom. Either way, webinars have become commonplace in our ever-changing society. There are so many great ways to utilize a great communication tool like a webinar, and those ways are better when they are free!

Being the “new kid” on the web, we at Freebinar feel that it is vital to know what our consumers think of our service, and what industry they are using it for. We decided to draft a survey to truly get a feel of our current demographic and their needs. What we found was both surprising and exciting.

According to our survey, 44.4% of our customers are utilizing the free platform for training and educational purposes. Marketing and sales follows closely behind at 33.3%. This was surprising to me, considering how often I see webinars utilized in the sales and marketing realm. Online teaching and training, however, have been gaining momentum in the last few years. Today, human resources programs have been known to bring on-the-job training online, and virtually every college institution has online course opportunities.

You do not need to be a college professor or HR administrator to conduct lessons online; anyone can use webinars to train and teach—to large or small groups. Tools that are useful in educational webinars include screen sharing (this can encompass anything on your screen, like PowerPoint slides) Q&A-style chat, survey and polling capabilities, registration tools, voice communication through phone conferencing, and so forth. These features can be found on

eLearn Magazine posted an article by Jo-Ann Driscoll, all about online training—equipped with tips on how to get started. The article is titled “Designing and Delivering Live, Online Training,” and answers many common questions regarding online education. She ultimately states that it is not difficult to move to live, online training from a physical classroom environment.

Ken Molay, president of Webinar Success, and blog-master of The Webinar Blog, is a firm believer in moving training courses to the web. He recently held his own webinar dedicated to this subject matter, where he addressed advantages and disadvantages of educational webinars versus local training, how to benefit from web conferencing, what types of training does and does not work best in webinars, and the best way to interact with online students. Molay’s webinar took place earlier this month, but his blog consistently provides useful tips and commentary on the subject of webinars and their successful implementation.

If you are considering conducting training or lessons online, you may be pleasantly surprised with an increase in student enrollment due to the flexibility of the given course. It is an avenue definitely worth exploring, and will save money in the long run. You won’t only save money for choosing a free platform like Freebinar, but you will ultimately save money by not having a need to secure a classroom or space, provide tangible materials, or travel!