Think-Zone Solutions Virtual Classroom, Online Classroom
Just as the term virtual means a simulation of the real thing, Virtual Classroom is a simulated classroom via Internet, which provides a convenient communication environment for distance learners just like a traditional face-to-face classroom. A virtual classroom allows learners to attend a class from anywhere in the world and aims to provide a learning experience that is similar to a real classroom.
A virtual classroom enables to bring learners from around the world together online in highly interactive virtual classes while greatly reducing the travel, time, and expense of on-site teaching/training programs.
It can be used as a solution for live delivery and interaction that addresses the entire process of creating and managing the teaching-learning process. It facilitates instructor and student in teaching-learning events, such as a seminar, online discussion or a live training for employees in a company.
Thus, virtual classroom can be visualized as a classroom where a lecture or session is conducted using the Internet.
Advantages of Virtual Classroom: -
Following are some of the advantages of the Virtual classroom over traditional classroom model:
- Removal of geographical barriers (Anywhere learning)
A virtual classroom allows learners and teachers to attend a single live training session from any place in the world, provided they have a computer and Internet connection.
- Quicker to organize
Training can be organized more quickly than traditional classroom-based training. Classrooms and projectors do not need to be reserved, materials do not need to be distributed. The sessions are easier to schedule or reschedule since attendees will not be traveling to the venue of the session.
- One to one communication
In a virtual classroom environment, learners can talk to the teacher and to each other, and although this communication is not as rich in a traditional classroom, it still can help learners, since it is one to one.
- Synchronous Learning
In this type of learning process, students and professors connect and interact with each other in real time. This is indeed a very significant process where students get answers to their queries & questions then and there. Interaction with professors and peers makes the learning process interesting and enriching for students.
- Live Audio-Video Support
Audio and video support both contribute towards the e-learning process in the virtual classroom. Various tools are available for a text-based chat- verbal interaction through audio conferencing and sharing of one's own video through web-camera. Professors can share their audio and video, thus establishing a one-to-one relation with students. This builds confidence in students about the pedagogy methods and allows professors to communicate effectively with the students. Moreover, the students asking questions can share their videos with the fellow students as well.
- White Board/Canvass
White Board is an alternative to the traditional blackboard method, used as a tool for drawing graphics or diagrams in the virtual classroom. It comes handy when a professor wants to visually explain an abstract concept. If any student has a query, which needs some graphical explanation and the professor does not have an apt graphic for it, then even a crude diagram can be extremely beneficial for emphasizing on the concepts.
- Classroom Control by Professors & Active Student Participation
In virtual classroom when professors deliver lectures to the students while explaining or elaborating concepts, ideally one-sided process of communication is followed, and students are not permitted to talk/ express themselves at the same time in order to avoid chaotic situations. Though all the participants from the virtual classroom are connected through audio and/or video conference, the participation rights are controlled by the professors. During the lectures, in case the students come across a particular doubt or query, while the professors are explaining, the students can set their status to “raise hand” which indicates that the student has a question which needs to be addressed by the professor. However, only 1 student can ask a question at a time, in order to avoid confusion as well as commotion and to maintain focus and clarity on queries asked. Since the professors have the control rights, they can respond to the question or else disable the status of “raise hand” and take the question at the end of the session.