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E-learning Is Conducted Only In Virtual Classrooms, Where All Coursework Is Completed Online
If you can’t be with them, you certainly can’t beat them, as the saying goes.
The latest education trends show that for many, interactivity and convenience are the most important characteristics of a teaching style – and some of the most popular platforms for classroom management are not offline.
From A Global Classroom to eLearning: How is it done?
The aforementioned solution from Pepperdine University is not just about accessing textbooks, it’s about you being present for the entire learning experience.
It comes with a mobile app for smartphones, tablets, or laptops, and it allows you to interact with fellow students in real time and ask questions.
The above video shows a normal classroom with desks, a chalkboard, and the students’ computer screens. There are no textbooks and no booklets, so the coursework is totally online.
However, as a new video on Vox shows, some students refuse to interact with one another – because they are unfamiliar with the electronic systems or are turned off by the video chat-based arrangements.
Why are virtual classrooms needed now?
As the Internet has given us so many advantages – including access to news, entertainment, and a healthy lifestyle – it has also opened up the doors for education to be delivered in a variety of ways and with extreme convenience.
Last October, California’s Department of Education (Department of Education) announced a plan to offer online courses that will allow students to earn a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) without having to leave the classroom, as they can complete virtually everything that’s taught in the classroom.
According to the Register, the program will offer classes to people who meet the basic California High School Degree Qualification (CHSQ) requirements and those who are still in high school.
Officials have offered a narrow definition of what classes are covered under the “Becoming a California High School Graduate” or “California College Graduate” program to avoid pushing non-traditional students out.
Another benefit of virtual classrooms is that they allow students to learn at their own pace, because they can attend any class or discussion group, use the resources at their disposal, take tests, and perform some grading at their own pace.
Though physical classrooms aren’t necessary for online learning, because these virtual classrooms can be accessed online, students can still be active participants in the live classroom, and they don’t need to leave their own home.
Training The Future Teachers
California also plans to add 1,000 teachers to their online training through its Program for Infused Instruction. The state hopes to train 1,000 teachers who can be used in-person as learning assistants.
John Brockman, an instructor at the University of California in Los Angeles who has written several textbooks on online learning, is one of the many instructors promoting the online learning model. He feels that when all teachers are given the necessary training to use such tools and that students receive feedback through feedback loops, virtual classes could help the teaching profession evolve.
“Maybe the main advantage is … teaching done by students and in-person sharing and feedback loops,” Brockman told the Register. “There’s a lot of potential to make it exciting for students as well as for teaching assistants.”
The Department of Education certainly thinks virtual classrooms will help the education sector.
“Any way we can get our students into online learning, we are embracing it,” said Jeanne Thew, a deputy superintendent of instruction.
Nevertheless, the effectiveness of virtual classrooms will be determined by the number of students who actually use the digital platforms.