Whether presented solely as an online experience or in conjunction with classroom training, online education is a powerful and flexible tool for skills transfer. However, a personal or interactive touch can strengthen the transfer and comprehension of information. For example, webinars or video conferences let you provide context for the information you want others to retain. It also gives your learners a chance to interact with instructors and classmates in real time.
The ability to hold a live webinar is a vital functionality for any well-rounded LMS. You can quickly and easily add that function to your base Remote-learner with a plug-in. You also have a range of choices, allowing you to select the conferencing plugin that best suits your needs.
#1: Adobe Connect Pro
Adobe Connect Pro is a suite of tools that assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge, and it includes a powerful web conferencing tool. With Adobe Connect, you can create large capacity webinars with video and whiteboard sharing, with enough seats for all but the largest classroom or corporate division. The Remote-Learner Adobe Connect plugin brings that functionality into your Remote-Learner LMS.
You can place the plugin in any course as an activity module. It integrates the site with Adobe Connect Pro, providing a single-sign-on and synchronization between the two systems. You can record sessions for later review, and learners can participate with the presenter or their fellow students through the chat, or with video and audio. Participants can share their desktop, and communicate privately with others and with the moderator. You can also customize your webinar to fit your corporate branding needs.
The Adobe Connect Pro plugin requires an Adobe software license for use, but that license also connects you with Adobe’s extensive online support and documentation.
BigBlueButton is an open source video conferencing software, making it a great choice for clients who want to keep costs down. Installation of this plugin integrates BigBlueButton with your Remote-Learner LMS site, permitting you to share lessons and activities with remote students, or meet with them in real-time video conferences.
BigBlueButton can also record content, allowing students to revisit course materials and teachers to turn a lesson into a resource. You can further enhance the recording and re-useability function with the installation of the RecordingsBN plugin. With this plugin, you can place BigBlueButton sessions within your Moodle™ calendar, making it easy for participants to keep track of meetings.
You can add the flexible tool, ClickMeeting, as an activity to any course. ClickMeeting offers a full gamut of features, including whiteboard, text chat and video conferencing. It also allows you to schedule live training sessions and conferences and send out invitations to participants.
One particular strength of ClickMeeting is that you may rebrand your web conferences using an easy design interface which permits the creation of unique webinar and conference spaces customized to your course and audience. ClickMeeting may also be connected with social media apps like Facebook, making sign-in easier.
ClickMeeting requires the creation of a ClickMeeting account.
OpenMeetings is a free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference in the Web. The OpenMeetings plugin allows you to add a web conference as an activity to any course. You can use your microphone and/or webcam, share documents on a white board, hold discussions and share your screen or record meetings. It is available as hosted service or you download and install a package on your own server.
In addition to those features, OpenMeetings also allows the creation of different types of rooms – conference, webinar or interview for small group interactions. “SOAP-Only” rooms permit a normal user to run the conference without granting any additional privileges which reduce the need for Admin-Users. You can also launch OpenMeetings web conferences as inset windows within a course page, in a new page, or as full-screen activities.
#5: WizIQ Live Class
WizIQ offers a live class and web conference plugin module offering live chat and video for up to six users. With it, you can schedule and deliver online classes and meetings, or set up collaborative study sessions with other users. It has a whiteboard function and also allows users to share and present content saved in a range of standard media formats, from text documents to video files.
With WizIQ, a course administrator can download attendance reports even when they did not attend a session, permitting them to keep track of student participation and grade accordingly. It also permits session recordings which can be later viewed or downloaded by users with permission.
To use WizIQ Live Class, administrators must register online to acquire a product key.