Your digital classroom has no walls, no physical elements, no in-person instructor to keep the class attentive. You have only the learner, the virtual presence of the instructor, and a device. It’s easy for organizations to assume that this virtual format of learning that they have scrambled together in the last few months works well for imparting crucial knowledge. But the results seen from retention, learning impact, and learner engagement will tell a different story. So, what are these vital differentiators between in-person training and virtual instructor-led training? In the end, it boils down to the simple things – the connection between the instructor and the learner, the passion with which an instructor imparts training, and the collaboration and competition between learners.
Digital classrooms can be tricky
The digital classroom market is growing at the rate of CAGR 13% and COVID-19 has catalyzed adoption rates due to social distancing norms that forced many educational institutes, corporates, and businesses to move online. Although the adoption rate is high, many aspects of virtual learning have been overlooked due to factors such as the lack of time, resources, budgets, and skillsets. But the most fatal blow was delivered through the thought that moving from physical classrooms to a virtual environment is just a matter of purchasing or procuring the virtual meeting or webinar tool, and with a practice session or two, business will continue as usual.
Before setting your virtual learning expectations, let’s look at some of the realities of digital classrooms –
How to make your virtual classroom successful
Your virtual learning experience is predominantly driven by the following factors, and to create a successful virtual classroom experience, it is important to focus on some of these elements in greater detail.
Software Tools and Apps
Instructional Strategy & Learning Content
Students, Parents, Teachers, and Trainers
Other benefits of streamlining your virtual classrooms include:
Our top tips for choosing a virtual Learning Management System:
To meet your learning goals through Virtual Classrooms in the long-term, you need tools and systems that will bring your classrooms to life. A learning management system can help you organize, deliver, and track your virtual instructor-led training and online learning modules. Here are a few considerations to make before choosing your next LMS vendor:
MPS Interactive’s LMS – Learning Planet® is a robust, compact and easy to use system that incorporates the basic, but essential, features of an LMS combined with the core elements of digital classroom to meet the needs of educational institutes and corporates. Our LMS has helped countless organizations track and enrich their learning content and experiences. To know more, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– By Milind Gokhale, Vice President – Technology at MPS Interactive Systems
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