A virtual classroom is an educational environment where students (customers, partners, customers, employees, or any third party) participate in the educational material online by interacting with one another online via chat or voice conferencing. Text is often communicated via video or voice conferencing with many participants and instructors attached to the same chat room. This type of teaching is usually used in schools and educational facilities where there is not much physical space available for teaching.
There are two types of classrooms. First, there is the traditional classroom with teachers and students facing each other. Second, there is the virtual classroom where the classroom is made up of a single screen and the text is delivered in the form of video. Both types of classrooms are effective but some teachers prefer the traditional classroom more than others.
In traditional classrooms, teachers instruct their students about the topic by having them sit in front of the teacher. Students listen to the teacher and he/she tells them what he/she wants them to learn. As the students listen, they also learn and absorb the information. Sometimes students need to repeat instructions as they understand it. For those who do not understand the subject matter at all, they just keep repeating their response.
In an online classroom, students are able to view the lesson on their own and learn at their own pace. Students can even interact with each other via the chat facility of their computer. As students learn new things, they can communicate with their classmates via the chat room as well. They can interact with each other and ask questions, share ideas, and share their knowledge with their classmates online.
Some websites also have an interactive mode where the teachers can see the students’ responses and can teach their students using chat with them. This type of teaching is often referred to as “chat-based education.”
Using a classroom in this way can help the teacher and students to fully integrate the learning process. It helps both parties to be in sync with each other, which helps to improve the students’ understanding of the subject matter. The teachers also enjoy a more relaxed learning atmosphere because they do not have to teach students face-to-face and they are in the comfort zone.
One big disadvantage of the traditional classroom is that the students feel isolated from the other students. They do not have to communicate with each other and they have to do everything on their own.
With the virtual classroom, students learn with each other and in an environment that is fun and relaxing. They feel like they belong to the class and they also learn with their peers. Learning in the virtual classroom has become very popular among students of all age groups. Students are no longer afraid to ask questions or share their ideas because their classmates will listen to them.