The best video chat apps for assessors
Communicating with learners can be tricky. They're trying to excel in their new roles, as well as meet up with their mates and juggle seventeen different social media accounts. Sometimes, planning their next assessment visit isn't their top priority.
We have a solution! Rather than sending endless emails that are quickly disregarded with a quick click of the 'Archive' button, why not spark up a video chat? Millennials are increasingly using video calls as a way to communicate, so this can be a really effective way of engaging with learners.
Most video chat apps have the same standard features: free video calls, group calls and instant messaging. However, it's important to choose an app with added extras that will really appeal to your learners. To help you out, here's a rundown of our favourites:
Skype put video calling on the map, so it definitely deserves a place in our top five. Skype-to-Skype calls are free, and you can call landlines and mobiles for a small fee. The screen-sharing feature is perfect for presentations to groups of learners, saving you time and creating interactive learning spaces.
2. Google Duo
Created as Google's answer to FaceTime, Duo beats its rival because it's available for both iOS and Android devices. Duo's Knock Knock feature also allows the call recipient to see the caller before they answer – meaning your learners will be prepared for the call!
Snapchat is the millennials' go-to app for communicating with their friends (and the odd celebrity). On average, 18-24 year olds check their phones 52 times a day; tap in to Snapchat's popularity by using its trademark lenses on the call, and leave your learners a video voicemail if they don't answer.
A lesser-known video chat app, Imo makes our list because it boasts great functionality even on lower connection speeds. When your WiFi breaks unexpectedly and you're relying on a weak data signal, this app will ensure that you won't have to postpone that professional discussion.
OoVoo is a rapidly growing video chat platform. With more than 150 million registered users – 65% of whom are under 25 – this app will really engage your learners. OoVoo also allows you to record calls, so you can rewatch an observation when you're writing up your notes afterwards.
Video calls are a great way to conduct assessments, presentations and other forms of group work, as well as just catching up with your learners. They'll save you time, make learning more collaborative, and – best of all – your learners will love it!