MegaMeeting.com Helps Lexington Theological Seminary Bring Browser-based Video Conferencing to the Classroom
LOS ANGELES, CA, December 1, 2010 – Online education and collaboration is becoming more popular these days. Educational institutions are opening their doors to the cyber world by offering web-based classes. An example of this is Lexington Theological Seminary. Founded in 1865, Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. Looking to provide their students with an education that was flexible and adaptable, but still maintained a sense of community, the staff at Lexington Theological Seminary adopted MegaMeeting.com’s web and video conferencing services into their online classroom environment.
Used in their online communities and learning management system, MegaMeeting.com has allowed Lexington Theological to set new educational standards while bringing education and relationship building to a new level. With MegaMeeting.com, students and faculty members collaborate together via their web browser, a video feed and built-in VoIP audio. Instructors show PowerPoint presentations, post questions for students through MegaMeeting.com’s noteboard application, as well as participate in live text chat.
MegaMeeting.com supplies the online professors at Lexington Theological with the tools needed to conduct their classroom as if the students were sitting in the same room. Benjamin Wyatt, Educational Technologist and Instructional Designer at Lexington Theological sums up the power of video conferencing through MegaMeeting.com, “With MegaMeeting.com, discussion boards are much more effective and powerful. Students within the online courses have the chance to virtually meet their peers upfront and are more inclined to share information than they would have if they hadn’t had that introductory meeting via the virtual room.”
Lexington Theological is using MegaMeeting.com in more ways than just the classroom environment. To help students collaborate on group projects, Lexington Theological has set up virtual rooms available 24/7, giving students the ability to meet with each other and work on their assignments. According to Wyatt, one of the perks provided by the MegaMeeting.com program is the capability for students to be able to see the professor. “You don’t get that in many online programs. Students have the opportunity to discuss articles, readings as well as things they don’t understand. In a typical online course, you’d have to do that via e-mail.”
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