GCG Enterprise Solutions has been leading the education sector for the past decade with cutting-edge solutions to not only enhance learning experience but also support educational facilities in their digital journey. With its main partner ViewSonic, a world leader in AV solutions, GCG is offering myViewBoard; a world class solutions for distance learning.
The latest data from Statista on e-learning and education shows that 92% of students worldwide are interested in personalized support and the use of digital devices during the learning process. This means that virtual classrooms are ideal learning environments for a huge number of learners.
“Even though educational systems are trying their best to quickly respond to the growing demand for digital teaching technologies, transitioning from a face-to-face environment to a virtual environment can be intimidating for teachers and students. Creating an engaging and meaningful virtual teaching experience takes the right tools, patience, and energy,” says Jameel Meeran, GCG Product Manager for ViewSonic.
Virtual classrooms are online environments that allow teachers and students to interact during a virtual class using audio, video, text, screen sharing, instant polling, among other features. Great examples of virtual classrooms include Google Classroom and myViewBoard Classroom. These features help simulate real interactions as if teachers and students were face-to-face in a physical classroom.
There are several reasons why educational facilities should use virtual classrooms.
“The online environment of a virtual class allows teachers and students to update and adapt their schedules anytime and anywhere. It certainly gives flexibility to busy teachers teaching multiple lessons at various institutions and to students to arrange their schedules at their best convenience. All you need is your laptop or a digital device that can display the virtual content.”
Furthermore, with the increasing use of data analytics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, digital skills are getting more and more attention. With the use of virtual classrooms, the educational system prepares teachers and students to be ready to respond to these demands. As the whole system continues to adapt to an online world, skillful teachers and students will be substantial to education.
Finally, accessibility to content remotely is becoming more and more crucial. Indeed, virtual classrooms allow easy lesson documentation and cloud storage. “Documenting your lesson plans is the best way to give your students the opportunity to access to the content anytime and enable learning after the class,” says Jameel Meeran. Everyone can easily download and save the lesson content. With the use of virtual classrooms saving your lesson content on the cloud can facilitate content availability also free up space on your local disk!
There are also key elements related to virtual classrooms that schools and universities need to take into account.
One vital core element of a virtual classroom is interactivity. Active participation creates synergy while teaching the lesson. “Feedback from the students across the screen and shorter periods of self-reflection bring the best results in a virtual class,” says Jameel Meeran.
Secondly, develop a sense of community in a virtual classroom is key. Through online tools, students and teachers can create and edit content together; therefore, interaction as a community is important because it helps knowledge sharing and promotes a sense of belonging within the students while they are physically apart.
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