Virtual classrooms have never been as popular as they are now. While the reason for this sudden surge in popularity is ascribed to the coronavirus pandemic, the fact remains that it is a positive change. This kind will genuinely transform the way students across the globe learn. But before we explore its benefits and more, let us first take a moment to understand what virtual classrooms are. A virtual classroom is a software that simulates a classroom albeit online. It intends to enable collaboration and ensure the learning process's continuity, no matter where the students and the teachers are located.

Now, on to the benefits: For starters, with virtual classrooms, one can ensure students can access the course from anywhere at any point. Are you traveling to a far corner of the world? Or are you on a flight? As long as you have an Internet connection, you will be able to study — simple as that. Then there’s also the consideration that it is an excellent means to continue the learning process even with busy schedules. Suffice it to say that there is a world of benefits to be gained from virtual classrooms. Unfortunately, none of them would be possible without a robust solution with great features to tend to the modern learning ecosystem's requirements. Some of these features have been listed below to help you make informed decisions about your pick's learning solutions.

  1. Live streaming: Sure enough, recorded lectures are great; but to deliver an experience that simulates an in-person classroom, live streaming is a must. This allows the teacher to deliver the course in real-time. And, also for them to engage with their students in real-time. It also helps provide the opportunity to address doubts, issues, etc. that students may have immediately. Any lag between the lecture and clarification of doubts is not the most ideal for learning.
  2. Whiteboard: You know how in in-person classrooms, teachers don’t merely read out from books? You see, they also write and deliver many explanations via diagrams, etc. on blackboards. The same need extends to virtual classrooms, i.e., they need to have virtual boards. This eases collaboration between teachers and students and delivers a massive boost to the learning process's effectiveness.
  3. Cloud storage and backup: Just because it is a virtual classroom doesn't mean there isn’t data to be stored. There are assignments, presentations, and reports among so many other things — and all of them need to be stored in a convenient location that, too, can be accessed easily from anywhere. And that is precisely why a virtual classroom solution must also provide for cloud storage and back-up.

Digital classrooms are a paradigm shift — one that stands to benefit every single stakeholder in the ecosystem. And if you want to leverage all these benefits, it is time to get a virtual classroom solution for your institute.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.