Definition - What does Virtual Classroom mean?
A virtual classroom is a teaching and learning environment where participants can interact, communicate, view and discuss presentations, and engage with learning resources while working in groups, all in an online setting. The medium is often through a video conferencing application that allows multiple users to be connected at the same time through the Internet, which allows users from virtually anywhere to participate.
A virtual classroom is also known as a virtual learning environment (VLE).
Techopedia explains Virtual Classroom
The second type of virtual classroom is the supervised or instructor-led classroom. This conforms more to a traditional classroom definition. There is at least one active instructor present and the lesson is carried out in real time at a specific time and date, with the students being in attendance virtually through a video conferencing application. Here, students and teachers can truly interact and actively participate in class.
A virtual classroom has the following advantages:
- Students are not limited to the courses available in their geography.
- Learning is more interactive as its nature forces the student's attention.
- In the case of supervised classes, the schedule may be an issue to some students.
- It is limited by the technological capacity of the student; those with slower hardware or Internet speeds are at a disadvantage.
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