An introductory overview, including applications in HE such as webinars.

Content & learning objectives

Video-conferencing is very widely available these days and is used for a wide range of different purposes. Some of the simplest forms include using tools like Skype and Facetime for family connections, whilst at the corporate end, many organisations have high-quality, purpose-built video-conferencing suites or boardrooms.

In this lesson we will explore the basics of contemporary video-conferencing, with a focus on its use in higher education. We will not go into technical detail, but will focus on practical suggestions for how to ensure a video-conference, webinar, or similar event runs successfully.

Resources for learners, trainers, and developers

Are there badges available for this topic?

Yes. There is a basic introductory badge available to anyone who successfully completes the online lesson.The criteria required for the award of the badge can be found by clicking on the image below.

How can we run a workshop or classroom session on this topic?

This could form the basis of a number of different demonstrations of a range of tools and technologies, particularly in terms of building familiarity with whichever systems are available in your institution.

Are there resources and materials available?

Yes. There are many online resources and training materials available, particularly from the various software and service providers.

Can I download a copy of this interactive lesson?
Yes. We provide all the materials which we have developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence. You can download this lesson as a SCORM package by clicking here. Copyrighted (third-party) images and content are excluded from the downloadable version.

Further information & useful links:

Wikipedia entry on ‘video-telephony’, which has a history of the technologies:

Zoom – a popular, commercial tool for videoconferencing:

Educause: 7 things you should know about video communication: