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Survey Shows Faculty and Student Benefits From Video-Based Learning

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SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/13 --


•Video-based learning enhances instruction and engages students

A recent survey conducted by the Center for Digital Education and commissioned by Avaya confirms that school districts and higher education institutions can improve the instructional process and better engage students through the use of video-based learning. Avaya is a global provider of collaboration and communications solutions, including solutions for distance learning and education.

Student and Faculty Benefits of Video-based Learning
Education today is in the midst of a dramatic change. Probably one of the most stable industries for over a century, education is responding to today's economic and social realities by transforming its practices, structures and pedagogies. Some key findings from the study that demonstrate this include:

•The two biggest motivational factors driving video-based learning are student engagement (89% agree) and blended/virtual learning (79% agree). •Additionally, a majority of respondents agree bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives lead to the expansion of video-capable devices. •58% of respondents are currently providing and 28% are planning to provide video-based learning.

The conventional ways in which students learn is changing: educational institutions are now preparing students for the new design economy in which technology plays a critical role and is embedded into the learning process. Technology that allows school districts and institutions to record and provide rich streaming video anywhere at any time has been available for some time, but not all districts and higher education institutions are taking advantage of this capability. Video-based learning offers an engaging, anywhere, anytime teaching and learning experience.

The Center for Digital Education's (CDE) survey was fielded on April 9, 2013 through its online Education Exchange community comprised of K-12 and higher education IT leaders, administrators and decision-makers. The results provided by the 158 respondents show that there is an increased eagerness to deploy video-based learning tools to reap several benefits, and these results are also reflective of CDE Special Reports. Video-based learning fosters a more engaged learning experience, information retention is improved through video replay and the learning method is desirable. Blended/virtual learning opportunities also bring value to students, it enables them to learn anywhere at any time rather than limiting it to a classroom or library. Encouraging students to bring their own device, or implementing a 1:1 initiative will pave the way for video-based learning opportunities in the classroom, which in turn will benefit student learning outcomes.

Faculty can also benefit in several ways from video-based learning, as discovered by the survey. Eighty-five percent of respondents agree that video-based learning solutions will play a significant role in the future of curriculum delivery. Video-based learning allows teachers to reach wider audiences, record their instruction for future use, and increase student engagement. The top benefit stated by 30% of respondents, as identified by the survey, is anywhere any time learning. Besides allowing students to be mobile learners, video-based learning enables teachers to instruct students and give real-time feedback, which decreases the traditional waiting period for grading papers and aggregating test results. Financial benefits were also determined by the survey results, respondents classified accommodating more students at little cost (61% agree) as a key area of reduced expenses. The ability to bring in more students at a lower price can assist districts and universities at reaching wider audiences and expanding enrollment.

Supporting Quotes
"These results demonstrate the power of video-based learning. A system that delivers simultaneously on several core needs for schools -- for example one that reaches a wider audience, improves engagement, and lowers costs for educational institutions. It can also do this at the right time, in the right place, and on the right device for students. This rare opportunity to do more with less plays right into the needs of today's educators as well as learners across the spectrum."
--Justin Greeves, vice president, Research, The Center for Digital Education

"Video is already a proven technology in distance learning environments, and we're delighted to see this trend grow. The key to driving further adoption is simplicity and pervasiveness. Avaya's video conferencing solution brings several unique benefits to video-based learning including a freely distributed client, the ability for students to join a class with a single click, and our 'data slider' feature, which allows students to review previously shared content without interrupting the class."
-- Bob Romano, vice president, Video Marketing, Avaya

To see the results of the study, please visit http://www2.avaya.com/am/camp/us/rtc_he/index.html.

About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. Along with its research services, CDE issues white papers and conducts the annual Digital School Districts and Digital Community Colleges surveys and award programs, as well as hosting events across the K-12 and higher education arena. CDE also supports the Converge media platform comprised of the quarterly themed Converge Special Reports, Converge Online, and custom publishing services.

For more information visit: http://www.centerdigitaled.com/

Tags: videoconferencing, telepresence, distance learning, higher education, universities, K-12

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