Virtual Classrooms

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Virtual Classrooms

"It's student driven. They set the pace. It's like a high school class except it's computerized . . . lecture, quizzes, mid-terms and tests are all on the computer” (Charmoli). In this quote, Lance Jewett it describing some of the benefits of a virtual classroom. He is a teacher for an alternative school of online classrooms in Manton, Michigan. Many people have differing opinions of Virtual Classrooms, but as Jewett points out, virtual classrooms are “student driven” meaning the student has almost complete control over the pace and atmosphere he or she wishes to learn. With this, it is necessary to look more in depth at virtual classrooms for one to gain a better understanding such as; what are they? How do they work? How do you set them up? How did they come about? What are some of the benefits? What are some of the differences between online learning versus face-to-face learning? How has education progressed with online classrooms, and what does the future hold for virtual classrooms?

In order to understand online classrooms, it is first important to understand what e-learning is. Derek Stockley defines online classrooms as: “The delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means. E-learning involves the use of a computer or electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) in some way to provide training, educational or learning material.” An online classroom takes place over a network rather than face to face. This current form of education takes advantage of the technology readily available for use in education. Students can log onto the virtual classroom platform in order to access their classroom information and online tools. A familiar platform m...

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