This is an intriguing on article about online education using Google+ Hangouts. The subject matter is cooking, and students can sign up for private instruction or for a group class in which the chef teaches up to nine students. The limit is set by the number of people that can simultaneously participate in the video conversation. The benefit of learning in this manner? Unlike cooking shows or cookbooks, the instruction happens in real-time and students can ask questions. Maybe I’ll eventually have a shot at making a decent pie crust!
While charging per Google+ Hangout class is not the revenue model that makes sense for most universities, the article also has some great suggestions about how to use Google+ Hangouts for collaboration and live video interaction – talk about a dynamic approach to virtual office hours!