Commercial vs. Open Virtual Classrooms
Weighing your options as a distance education professional to go commercial or use open virtual classroom, it is important to consider both the positive and negatives of each type. Upon reviewing a variety of aspects for the delivery of synchronous instruction, it was important to know the needs of the particular distance education professional or institution. If one is looking for applications with the ability to record sessions, one should try consider going with a commercial provider. Aside from the price, there are many amazing features as well as technical support for the programs. Open source software like Google Hangout will be beneficial for small group work sessions which will allow students to integrate their work into Google Docs and work at the same time. However, the type of services provided by commercial programs are important to the learning of a distance education student.