Virtual reality: How technology is enhancing distance learning
In a world where people live increasingly separate lives, modern technology has become the digital glue that sticks them together. One of the most obvious ways that technology has spurred developments in modern society is through more flexible approaches to information access.
The situation is no different when it comes to giving people the tools to learn. Gone are the days where physical attendance in class is mandatory. Now, distance learning is helping to keep the remotest and busiest of people informed through novel ways of delivering information that would traditionally only be available in a classroom setting.
The challenges of remote learning
But this ambitious task of delivering content to a scattered group of learners is no easy feat. You need to consider the individual needs, strengths and weaknesses of the learners involved. It’s also essential to assess how comfortable users are accessing information digitally, and how much time they have at their disposal to digest the detail.
Tailoring these user needs to suit the individual has opened up a myriad of creative opportunities for information sharing platforms such as Yack.net. Such systems allow people to work with colleagues even though they are situated remotely. Launched in November 2017, the Yack.net platform works by making digital learning more accessible to a host of people with differing needs through video and call transcription.
It is a valuable tool that lecturers and other staff delivering learning remotely can use to package content for students. It allows users to record and replay phone and video conference calls and has functionality to offer video and phone call transcription. Such technologies can be linked to video conferencing and real-time chat software so remote learners can still receive the benefits of a classroom setting.
Video and call transcription
When dealing with verbal conversations, there is always a risk that information can be misinterpreted or misunderstood. It’s also possible that essential details can be missed.
Due to Yack.net’s video and call transcription features, taking notes, physically transcribing information or wading through hours of audio recordings is a thing of the past. Yack.net allows people to search for and find the exact point in the conversation where that word or topic was mentioned. The result can then be delivered to them by means of the written call transcription or through the video playback.
Yack.net’s enhanced voice to text feature also means that students and staff can revisit the information in their own time. For example, students can review lecture notes to isolate specific sections for clarification. This makes it a great tool for time-poor lecturers and students who require a degree of flexibility in today’s world.
However, distance learning doesn’t just centre around verbal communications. Enriched online education can take many forms, including documents, images and videos. Yack.net allows you to share files and keeps them in a centralised place so that you can easily find them in future. Perfect for learners who prefer to consume information in different forms.
Yack.net also brings some personality to online distance learning with customisable avatars and emojis. These features can help to reduce the physical gap between lecturer and student to boost content delivery and user engagement.
The aim with platforms like Yack.net is to evolve with the ever-changing needs of today’s information consumers. And their mission? To make the journey of learning as stress-free and as engaging as possible.