The world has become smaller and yet so significant with the advent of digital.
Technology has made everything readily accessible to us. Even the conventional methods to perform or execute tasks have seen a remarkable shift. One of the most talked-about activities that have switched to digital is education.
Online education in virtual classrooms is not a recent phenomenon, but its effectiveness has always been a matter of discussion amongst concerned people. Whether it is the one who learns or the one who teaches, everyone agrees to the convenience of virtual classrooms, but when it comes to its productivity, a feeling of doubt still persists.
Trainers or educators are not sure whether they are able to teach up to their full potential, and the learner and their peers are not sure if the learning is as effective as the long-established face to face teaching formally.
This apprehension is majorly due to some common myths, but in reality, virtual classrooms have immense opportunities for the trainers as well as the learners. The experience, quality, and benefits are only going to enhance with the continually evolving technology.
Are you also not convinced about a virtual classroom’s efficiency? Here is a quick read that will debunk some popular myths about online education :
Popular Myths About Learning in A Virtual Classroom
- Virtual Classrooms Provide Impersonal Learning
A widespread misconception about online education is that it delivers insufficient learning experience. But if we come to think of it, even traditional classrooms provide restricted learning where students cannot participate in the way they could in the online space. The habit of speaking (on calls) and writing texts has made people comfortable about these ways, and hence they can have confident online conversations with the teacher and their peers. While each participant in the virtual classroom is physically apart, the online experience builds an intimate community that connects by learning and sharing knowledge with each other.
2. The Tutor Has No Control Over the Students’ Activities
With the virtual classroom set up, every participant is based out of remote locations, and it is assumed that the teacher’s inaccessibility makes it impossible for them to control the students’ behaviour. This myth is especially a concern amongst young students’ guardians who are used to traditional teaching methods. However, the collaboration in an online environment can ingrain discipline, which is impossible in an in-class setup. All participants can view themselves and other participants on the screen, which makes them aware of how they behave in a specific environment, leading to better self-control.
3. Secluded Teaching Structure Reduces the Training Quality
The absence of any physical proximity makes it tough for the teacher to respond to the students’ activities. It is a myth that this factor makes the learning inefficient. In fact, the monitoring feature that a virtual classroom provides is not possible in an in-class arrangement. As soon as the teacher turns to the writing board, their control over the students’ activity gets restricted for that time period. Contrasting this is a video format where the teacher is able to consistently look at the students. Not just that, there is a provision to record any session and analyze it to improve future performance.
4. Virtual Classrooms Restrict Social Interactions
In a regular classroom, students talk to each other face to face. Breaks are almost a celebration, and the friendships built during that time expand their learning from just textbooks (or pdfs). But if we pay attention to details, the very same conversations and experiences are possible in an online environment with, in fact, a larger group. Students can talk to more people and actively exchange opinions or provide feedback. Let’s suppose it’s a hobby based virtual classroom you get to e-meet people from diverse backgrounds, the learning becomes a more collaborative process, and exposure to newer individuals enhances perspective.
Popular Myths About Teaching in A Virtual Classroom
- My Course is Unique and Virtual Teaching Limits Course Delivery
It is a fact that the faculty puts in a lot of effort to prepare the course material. Every teacher brings in their knowledge and gives their best to explain the subject to their students. With virtual classrooms, there is also an additional responsibility to learn the tool that is used to coach the students. But if we look at it objectively, the learning sphere actually gets expanded with online platforms. The teacher is now planning not only to teach the subject but also to design a virtual environment that is best suited for their students. It is out of the regular comfort zone but brings in substantial benefits like increased student engagement, convenience, flexibility, reduction in travel time, automated examinations, etc. If carried out strategically, teaching in virtual classrooms can actually prove to be a very efficient and enriching experience.
2. Technical Issues will Hinder Teaching Process.
This one is an uncontrollable valid concern, and the failure in course delivery due to technical glitches is bound to take away precious time from the teaching session. However, fortunately, the tools which facilitate virtual training have features that could also rectify the situation. The tutor can organize a post-class discussion seminar or circulate a text or (/and) video blog among the students and ask each of them to post their doubts in the comments section. This not only lets the teacher respond to a single student’s query, but every participant can learn from the pool of questions that gets accumulated in the query segment.
The conversation about a virtual classroom’s efficiency is endless, and there will always be varied views when it comes to how productive these structures are. But it’s high time we adapt to the ever-evolving technology environment and embrace the advantages that virtual classrooms bring to us. On any given day, learning is highly dependent on the learner’s ability and the educator’s knowledge. Whatever be the medium, knowledge transfer will be a beneficial process if one ignores the myths and becomes receptive to the channel of teaching.