Virtual Classroom Technology & Software Systems
Virtual Classroom is one of the significant features of E-Three Learning Platform (software for online teaching/training). As the term says, it is a class conducted virtually, wherein professors and students attend from their respective remote locations. Virtual Classroom is an online, web-based tool, which virtually creates a classroom environment similar to traditional classroom wherein professors and students login simultaneously. In this classroom professors can deliver lectures, elaborate on course topics, ask and answer questions, conduct group assignments, take quizzes, polls etc. It is an online teaching or training software that utilizes the aforesaid tools and provides enhanced learning/training experience. Thus, virtual classroom gives the students as well as professors/trainers a similar experience like that of traditional classrooms without the need to be physically present, and at the same time offers flexible as well as cost-effective courses.
Virtual Classroom is a web-browser based tool, independent of any other user side software. There are almost no downloads for this tool and this makes the tool time efficient for the user. Professors or students can just browse the link and login to the virtual classroom, just like they walk-in to the traditional classroom. It is equipped with various useful tools to engage participants and make the learning experience similar to traditional classroom with additional benefits of technology thus it is right to say E-Three is the best software for online learning/training.
Virtual Classroom is largely useful as people from diverse geographical locations can be part of the classroom. Thus it is right to say that Virtual Classroom is an online meeting solution that helps people to interact with each other regardless of the geographical barriers. It is considered as an alternative to traditional, location-based classroom, as it saves on expenses of physical infrastructure.
In this type of learning process, students and professors connect and interact with each other in real time. This is indeed a very significant process where students get answers to their queries & questions then and there. Interaction with professors and peers makes the learning process interesting and enriching for students.
Support for live Audio-Video
Audio and video are both enhanced and lucrative features for better understanding in virtual classroom. Various tools are available for text-based chat, verbal interaction through audio conferencing and sharing ones own video through web-camera. Professors can share the audio and video, thus establishing one-to-one relation with students. This builds confidence in students about the pedagogy methods and allows professors to communicate effectively with the students. Moreover, the students asking questions can share their videos with the fellow students.
Recording class lecture (Session Recording)
The entire classroom session can be recorded in video format and stored in library for future reference. This feature is extremely useful, especially for absent students, who can review the recordings later and understand the concepts elaborated by the professors. Moreover, the students can also refer to the recordings for revision purpose, at their convenience.
White Board is a tool for drawing graphics or diagrams in virtual classroom. It comes handy when professor wants to visually explain any abstract concept. If any student has a query, which needs some graphical explanation and the professor does not have an apt graphic for it, then even a crude diagram can be extremely beneficial for emphasizing on the concepts.
Sharing of Learning Resources and/or Desktop Screen
The resource-sharing feature in virtual classroom allows professors to share varied content in different formats with the students in real time while delivering lectures on various course topics. This resource sharing feature supports sharing of various file formats - MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint Presentations, PDF files, flash presentations, flash videos etc. While teaching, the professors can exhibit all the operations from the desk, by sharing a particular application or the entire desktop. This resource-sharing feature is extremely useful for sharing various course materials like topic notes, subject diagrams or graphs, explanatory videos etc. With this type of supportive and informative course material, learning becomes interesting and gives an interactive experience.
Classroom control by professors & active student participation
In virtual classroom when professors deliver lectures to the students while explaining or elaborating concepts, theories from a particular course topic, ideally one sided process of communication is followed, and students are not permitted to talk/ express themselves at the same time in order to avoid chaotic situations. Though, all the participants from the virtual classroom are connected through audio and/or video conference, the participation rights are controlled by the professors. During the lectures, in case the students come across a particular doubt or query, while the professors are explaining, the students can set their status to "raise hand" which indicates that the student has a question which needs to be addressed by the professor. However, only one student can ask question at a time, in order to avoid confusion as well as commotion and to maintain focus and clarity on queries asked. Since the professors have the control rights, they can respond to the question or else disable the status of "raise hand" and take the question at the end of the session.
Multi-Level Fallback Mechanism for continuity of class
Virtual classroom feature in E-Three Learning Platform is designed and developed with a comprehensive multi-level fallback mechanism. This helps to ensure continuity of the class in-spite of technical hindrances. Virtual classroom is a web-based tool, which is solely dependent on Internet connectivity. If in the remotest possibilities, participants get disconnected from virtual classroom, then immediately a fallback mechanism is activated. With pre-configured Skype accounts of all participants, a common Skype call is initiated to connect all participants to further carry on with the class. In case all the participants lose Internet connectivity then the successive portion of the class would be conducted through a telecon.
Live Tech support
E-Three Learning Platform provides an option for institutes and corporate organizations to set up Live Technical Support for its users. TLT helps its clients to set-up the required technical infrastructure. With this feature, technical support representatives of the institutes or corporate organizations will be able to provide text based chat and live tech support to their users.
As an option, institutes or corporates can buy the technical support service from TLT.