What is "WebRTC"?

And what are their advantages of this technology

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Written by Dan O'Reilly
Updated over a week ago

Most people are familiar with using web-conferencing software like Skype. To use it, you have to download the software, create an account, invite a participant, and enter the online meeting when they accept.

WebRTC is a technology that cuts through all that...


WebRTC is a technology that enables browsers and mobile applications to provide real-time communication (RTC) via a simple API. Basically, it allows users to stream live video and audio through their web browser without downloading a thing.

The advantage for online schools and tutoring companies is that:

  • WebRTC is frictionless - there's no software to download or keep up-to-date. The classroom can be updated without having to get students to upgrade.

  • It enables a school to access a lot more insights into what happens inside the classroom, for example, Did the teacher turn up on time? How long did the lesson last?

  • It's easier for schools to integrate, white-label, provide a seamless brand/user experience, and add value to the learning experience.

The advantage of WebRTC for students is there's nothing to download, and they can receive better service from a more informed online school operator.

Chrome and Firefox lead the way when it comes to WebRTC. Safari is a relatively late arrival but is committing to the technology. Opera, Yandex, and Internet Explorer are also WebRTC compatible, but we recommend Chrome for the best possible experience.

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