Education has evolved a lot in the last couple of decades. In many ways this evolution towards a virtual classroom has broken the natural boundaries that once existed in the exchange of information, and has set the stage for a more personal and interactive learning experience.
Technology has changed the way we consume information and it is important that education in the workplace evolves with these new learning styles. A popular way of adapting to new learning styles is through the flexibility and convenience of virtual classrooms.
To explain why a virtual classroom can be more effective than a traditional classroom setting, we’ve identified five main advantages of online learning:
- Increased Convenience. Without the location or time limitations of a traditional classroom setting, learners have the freedom to absorb content and engage with peers, at a time and location that they will learn best. The professional world is realizing that not every learner is the same and sitting in a classroom for hours to learn about a topic is not effective for everyone. A virtual classroom allows learners to comprehend topics on their own terms, on many different devices, anywhere there is internet.
- Schedule Flexibility. The ease of accessibility of an online learning platform gives learners the opportunity to take a break at certain times of the work day to take a class. This allows employees to learn at various times of the day, such as during a lunch break, or on the bus to and from work. This type of flexibility is not possible with physical classrooms.
- Knowledge Retention. For many, online instruction delivers a more effective learning experience because of the ability to have short, interactive modules that can be repeated if needed. These short modules also referred to as microlearning, help learners find what they need quickly, and help break up learning to make it more manageable and memorable.
- Immediate Feedback. If the virtual classroom is being used for compliance, or another type of learning topic that requires a test of knowledge, learners can get immediate feedback on how well they comprehended the information. In traditional classrooms, feedback could take weeks to disperse, and by that time, the feedback won’t be as potent to the learner. In a virtual classroom, administrators also see an added advantage of being able to track these knowledge tests for their records.
- Increased Participation & Engagement. It may seem like there would be more opportunities for participation and engagement in traditional classrooms setting, but this is not necessarily true. There are many ways to interact in virtual classrooms through chat and rating features, as well as social learning. The interactive comment and share features help learners engage and connect. It also allows learners who may not be as comfortable with interacting in-person an opportunity to contribute. Features like the rating and comment features also allows administrators to determine the quality of their content and adjust accordingly to ensure the most effective learning experience.
If you are just starting to think about implementing a virtual classroom for your organization’s training, it can seem very daunting. It is an involved process, but it is the way the world is headed as technology gets deeper and deeper integrated into our day-to-day lives at work and at home. The workforce is exposed to media and technology all the time, and that spills over into how they expect to learn in their jobs. People expect fast, convenient, engaging ways to learn in their work place. So, as daunting as it may seem, you are on the right path to making a more meaningful, engaging training program.
Knowledge Anywhere specializes in providing organizations with a variety of elearning solutions, such as their Learning Management System, Virtual Reality Training solutions, course creation offerings. They have also created elearning tools such as QuickQuiz, an elearning Slack App, and SCORMify, an app that turns videos and documents into SCORM compliant courses.
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