What is WebRTC?

WebRTC offers real-time communication natively from a web browser such as video conferencing sessions without any bulky software installation. It is the intersection of the traditional Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and the Internet which works differently with different notions. What makes this possible is the media engine inside a browser with Javascript APIs on top of it.

Where do we find WebRTC in education?

Education has traditionally been done through classrooms. Now with modern technology, we can digitize everything.

It is now possible to conduct online classes where a virtual teacher is available, and there is no classroom. A student can be at home and take lessons. If the student is not well they can still attend lessons by being virtually present in the classroom and attending online.

mLearning and cross-platform

WebRTC gives students who are hungry for knowledge the ability to connect with the best teachers and tutors from all around the world straight through their smart devices. It works for any number of participants such as one-on-one, group, classes, or lecture-hall sized sessions. Educational apps with WebRTC integrated can allow hundreds or even thousands of students spread around the world to learn from the best teachers all at the same time, and could greatly bring down costs.

 Homeschooling and Private Tutoring

The traditional homeschooling experience of today is based on a parent-led classroom experience. The ongoing utilization of video learning within homeschooling, which uses open source platforms like WebRTC, will allow the parent-led experience to become a more community-oriented approach that permits parents to bring in guest professors to help teach about specific subjects that they have trouble teaching.

While the growth in homeschooling tends to vary in the range of two to eight percent per year, the inclusion of video platforms like WebRTC has the potential to increase this number dramatically. Parents who had doubts regarding the effectiveness of homeschooling are now better able to make the leap to homeschooling with ongoing video support.

 Remote collaboration and Learning

The concept of e-learning has advanced significantly in the past decade. E-learning has progressed from simply a second class method of learning to a fully formed system that is in use across the educational landscape, from elementary homeschooling to online colleges to the Kahn Academy. The importance of online education will only increase in the future, and using video to manage an education remotely is the most effective option in higher education settings.

We have all of these different types of use cases available to us that are no longer bound to a classroom or to something that has been implemented in the education space. By integrating modern technologies- like webRTC based solutions such as virtual classrooms, into existing models of education, we can revolutionize learning and thus make it more cost-effective and accessible to an unprecedented number of people.