Fifteen uses for video-conferencing Software


Do you have or are you considering using video-conferencing/webinar software to create a virtual classrooms? If so, how are you considering using it? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Deliver workshops

  • Staff development
  • Marketing – taster sessions for up and coming courses
  • Master classes

Deliver online courses

  • Design short online courses that are held entirely in the virtual classroom
  • Deliver virtual classroom staff development courses
  • Deliver learning straight into people’s homes e.g. online cookery and MFL courses

Deliver blended courses

  • Create courses that are a mix of face-to-face and virtual classroom
  • Create courses that mix online VLE input with class discussions in the virtual classroom

Hold classes across community locations

  • Bring a teacher to learners who meet regularly in community groups
  • Join groups to a tutor across community locations. Laurance Elliot and Tim Taylor from Morley College have enabled Performing Arts learners to connect through a webinar project called Remote Exchange.

Deliver tutorials

  • Swap face-to-face tutorials with appointments in the virtual classroom – save learners travel time for very short appointments
  • Deliver support tutorials for learners
  • Re-engage learner who are at risk of dropping out.

Apprenticeship programmes

  • Save travel and time and hold professional discussion meetings with apprentices
  • Deliver training to apprentices
  • Provide support to apprentices


  • Stop staff travelling from different sites, save time and money by using the virtual classrooms
  • Do you belong to external groups, invite them to use your software to cut travel costs


  • Hold first interviews for new staff
  • Provide opportunities for students on job search to practise online interview skills

Hold revision sessions

  • Hold revision session in the run up to exams as an optional extra for students

Deliver classes in adverse weather conditions

  • Continue to deliver classes when it snows!

Deliver (drop-in) support sessions

  • Allow learners across a range of classes to drop in and ask questions during support session. Sessions could be held where any student on a maths or English course can drop-in to ask a question.

Bring in outside speakers

  • An expert from industry could inspire learners, being busy people they may be more likely to agree to give 30 minutes of their day for free via webinar software then a half day or day to travel to you.
  • International speakers could be invited

Deliver student voice sessions

  • invite learners across programmes to join a student feedback session online

Develop online teacher networks

  • Encourage internal staff to hold CPD meetings
  • Develop networks of practitioners across providers.


  • Support the writing of collaborative bids, through online meetings
  • Hold project meetings online
  • Hold update meetings online


Things to think about – questions for you to consider from Morley’s experience:

  • Is connecting through a virtual classroom the same as being face-to-face?
  • What are the constraints when using video-conferencing software?
  • How user friendly is it? How easy is it for learners and teachers to use?
  • What does it cost? What are the cost savings/benefits?
  • Does it require any resources – equipment, software?
  • How can you test your ideas, prior to implementing them?
  • How to you make new delivery options manageable?
  • What happens if the Internet connection fails you? Do you have a backup plan?

Software used at Morley College

  • Visimeet
  • Skype

Written for HOLEX by Ideas4Learning Limited

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