Applying WebRTC for Education and E-learning

Getting Started with WebRTC


September 2013

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If you have basic HTML and JavaScript, you’re well on the way to adding real time, peer-to-peer communication to your web applications using WebRTC. This book shows you how through a totally practical, structured course.

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The whole education market is currently undergoing yet another revolution as e-learning platforms such as Learning Management System (LMS), e-portfolios, and Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) continue to reshape the whole industry. This has created the perfect fertile ground for the integration of WebRTC. More students and educators are interacting online everyday, but currently this is primarily using standard web page and document-based user interfaces.

The only video and audio conferencing options commonly available to educators and students today are those using proprietary systems, such as Skype and Adobe Connect. Each of these solutions requires additional software and often a completely standalone application to be installed. The setup time to establish each of these calls is usually quite high, and some of these solutions also require a licensing fee or setup cost.

A recently introduced solution that is gaining quite a bit of attraction in the education and e-learning space is Google Hangouts. Yet, even this requires the download of a proprietary browser plugin and also requires that each participant has an active Google Plus account.

With the introduction of WebRTC, it is now possible to skip all of these setup hurdles and seamlessly add video conferencing, screen sharing, and a whole host of other real-time interaction options to the existing web tools that the educators and students are already using.

By just adding some simple JavaScript and HTML to their existing web pages, these new interaction options can quickly and easily be introduced. And from the end user's perspective, it couldn't be any simpler. They would just see one or two new buttons appearing on their page, and all they have to do is click on them to start a video call, screen sharing session, or more. There is no more installing of applications or plugins and dealing with the complexity of setting up calls.

Summary

The education system is changing and with the increasing needs, modern technologies such as video and audio conferencing are of a great help. With introduction of WebRTC, you can seamlessly add video conferencing, screen sharing, and a whole host of other real-time interaction options to the existing web tools that the educators and students are already using.

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