How transcoders are driving education innovation

August 16, 2013 - 10:52am
Live streams of lectures could drive an increase in remote learning initiatives.

Most technological developments simply emerge in order to meet a demonstrated need. A select few not only satisfy existing demand but inspire a flurry of new ideas and applications. Video transcoders have long been a staple of digital data conversion between devices with different storage capacities or incompatible viewing formats, and previous iterations have been vulnerable to generation loss during coding and compression. A more stratified digital landscape has driven the evolution of transcoder solutions to deliver encoded data between endpoints, but the new era of state-of-the-art transcoders has given rise to a host of new potential uses.

Education sector investment in transcoder solutions for a variety of remote learning applications has experienced a rapid rise, according to EdTech Magazine. Transcoders have enabled educators to offer live streaming video transport of lectures and videoconferencing for a wider array of educational possibilities. Schools, like Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virg., send synchronous and asynchronous broadcasts direct from a production studio to remote students' Web devices. University users said that they are still exploring the many options opened to them by video transport solutions.

The benefits provided by the remote classroom could extend much further than the learning environment, wrote ZDNet contributor Ken Hess. Besides being location agnostic and creating opportunities for students to receive instruction according to preferred learning styles, remote education could substantially decrease the cost of admission and cut down on canceled classes due to weather or illness. Ultimately, he said, it's about diversity.

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