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The Future of Education: Virtual Classrooms

The rapid expansion of technology has transformed a wide number of facets in our lives. The education sector has been significantly affected by technology advancement. Educating students using virtual classrooms is one of the latest ways how technology is changing the education sector. Virtual classrooms are a way to educate students where there is no necessity of being physically present in the classroom by using internet technology. In virtual classrooms, students can avail an enormous volume of edifying content at any time of the day in a variation of formats.

 

Components of Virtual Classrooms:

 

  • Virtual Whiteboard
  • Real-time chat-boxes
  • Programs for sharing documents
  • Audio and Visual tools

 

Benefits of Virtual Classrooms:

 

    • Instant feedback

 

      Virtual Classrooms allow both the students and the teachers to take part in live classes with the convenience to team up and interact. This helps the students to give instant feedback to the teachers. Consequently, the features like chatting and commenting while an ongoing teaching session, favors more involvement of students in a live virtual classroom.

 

    • Personalized and Global Learning

 

      In a virtual set-up of a classroom, there are no limitations in terms of communication and locations. Usually shy students feel inhibited to ask questions in the conventional classrooms. However, virtual classrooms provide them the freedom to ask questions as and when they want. Additionally, virtual classrooms allow students to sign-up for courses that are global and taught by teachers in other countries.

 

    • Flexible Timings

 

      The learning process involved in virtual classrooms is more flexible as compared to the conventional learning process. Virtual classroom lectures can be organized at any time from any part of the world. Teachers can record their lessons for later usage by the students. Likewise, students can save pre-recorded lessons for later references.

 

    • Ease of Access

 

    As the learning process involved in the virtual classrooms takes place in a virtual space on the internet, there is no real designated place for the classes. This provides the ease of access of the study-material to students. Additionally, this also facilitates an inexpensive way of learning to the students.

 

The Future?

 

Today, as time and convenience are a key influence in our lives, virtual classrooms have become a need, particularly for people who seek cheaper educational services – irrespective of the geographic boundaries. Virtual classrooms provide limitless options to the approach of education - from engaging understandings to practical engagements in the classroom and would continue to do so in the future.