G+ Hangout Overview
G+ Hangout Sessions employ Google’s online group conversation to nurture interaction and to engage students in collaborative learning activities.
G+ (Google+) is Google’s social networking site, which through Hangouts offers opportunity for free group video conferencing, and sharing of photos, emoji, and other visuals. Although in 2013 Hangouts are limited to 10 participants at one time, anyone can join using a computer, Android or Apple device. Hangouts On Air allows live video streaming for YouTube webcasts, which are concurrently recorded for replay on Google+ and YouTube.
Through Google+ Hangouts, study groups and project teams can interact and develop ideas; teaching staff can hold live office hours for groups of students, host discussions on course material, and answer student questions outside the traditional classroom venue; and experts can be invited to share knowledge and experience from a distance. Such ongoing exchange of ideas is directed at heightening learning by cultivating student interest, involvement, excitement and motivation to learn.