Demand for virtual classes is sky high and on the rise. Training centers using traditional learning methodologies are becoming obsolete. Increasingly, students demand access to a type of online learning that is designed to suit them and their needs. The internet has democratized learning and there has never been an easier time for individuals to enroll in online courses, improve their skills and gain qualifications.
One of the key side effects of this democratization of learning is that it is not just young people who are seeking to gain new skills. Individuals of any age are now choosing to sign up for online courses. This new differentiation of ages has greatly impacted the practicalities of offering online courses. A larger proportion of older students will have additional responsibilities such as full-time or part-time jobs and families to care for. This means that the learning platform used has to become more flexible in order to be able to adapt to these students and ensure that they can successfully complete the course.
Technology has helped a great deal here. Many educational centers and training providers have invested in a learning platform such as a learning management system (LMS) in order to offer high-quality online courses, many of which are taught in a virtual classroom.
If your organization is new to teaching online classes, you may be looking for guidance on how to conduct them successfully.
How to teach virtual classes on a learning platform?
Invest in the right digital tools
In order to facilitate a quality online course, your company or academy will need to invest in some key pieces of this technology. One of the main tools you’ll need to incorporate will be a learning management system (LMS) that offers a learning platform from which to offer online classes.
There is one point of considerable importance: you must ensure that the LMS platform of your choice can natively integrate services such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet that enable online video conferencing and online classes. Our Voluxion Pro platform, in addition to these features, allows you to include recorded content within the courses and lessons, manage students’ access, and many more possibilities. In this way, it offers a digital learning space from which virtual classes can be taught and broadcast directly to whatever tech devices students are working on, be it a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Understand the full capabilities of your learning platform
In order to ensure your students get the most from the online class experience, it’s important to ensure your tutors understand all the facilities your LMS or LCMS platform has to offer.
Our Voluxion Pro platform and its integration with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet allow easy and agile management of virtual classrooms. The LMS platform allows quick, simple, and efficient sharing of documents, videos, and exercises. Thus, it provides the perfect opportunity for teachers to bring in additional learning resources since you can share any material or content that is beneficial to your students.
LMS platforms can also be used to record classes. This means that students who cannot access the virtual classroom during the live class will be able to catch up later on what they’ve missed by reviewing the recording uploaded to the LMS platform.
Make full use of learning resources during you virtual classes
In virtual classrooms, just as in traditional face-to-face classroom environments, resources are an important part of the learning experience. Tutors can make full use of the exercises and activities provided by their LMS platform. Reading material, third-party learning applications, images, and videos can also be extremely beneficial here.
Consider virtual classes sizes
Though in practical terms there are no real limitations to how big each virtual class can be, it’s wise to carefully consider how many students to invite to each virtual session. Virtual classrooms can adapt and accommodate any subject to be taught, generating greater interaction if the number of participants is adequate.
Be confident, look right at the webcam, smile and interact.
Once you have the right technology and learning resources in place, it’s important for the tutor to take some time to practice their delivery. Confidence is very important here: the tutor needs to reassure students that they are in safe hands! It’s also wise for tutors to ensure they are looking right at the webcam throughout the online class, and that they are smiling. This makes it easier for students to join and participate in the lesson. Interaction is also very important, a two-way dialogue helps ensure students get the most out of the learning experience.
At CAE we are experts in creating unique e-learning solutions. If your school or training provider wants to expand into quality online training, using your own content, lessons, and materials, find out what our LMS Voluxion Pro online education platform could offer you. Instead, if you are interested in a turnkey solution specialized in language learning, find out about our LMS Dexway language platform created solely and exclusively for the development of language skills.