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Advantages of Streaming Media in the Online Classroom

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Advantages of Streaming Media

Advantages of Streaming Media

There are several advantages to providing streaming media to an online class. The following is a list of reasons, but it is not comprehensive.

  • Instant Playback – Media files are large. If a media file is loaded into a standard Learning Manage System (LMS) such as Blackboard, the student would have to download the entire file before viewing, which can take considerable time depending on the bandwidth provided by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Streaming media allows the student to start viewing quickly and jump forward and backward in the video.
  • Piracy Protection – Although nothing is completely secure, Streaming Media technology is harder to copy. The technology does not stored the media file on the viewer’s computer and once the media is played, it is discarded by the media player. This provides the content creator more control over intellectual property.
  • Education – Streaming media can be used to augment educational opportunities, particularly in online education. It helps to engage students at both the auditory and visual level, which improves retention of material.
  • Anytime Anywhere – Students can access the media anytime and anywhere. Students can take as much time as needed to study and review the materials. After viewing the material they can take time to formulate question and analysis the materials before engaging others in discussing the media.
  • Equal Access – Video has been used for many years in the traditional classroom for a variety of pedagogical reasons. Distance learning classes should have equal access to visual material. Streaming media gives the instructor that opportunity without wasting a lot of valuable time downloading the media.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

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