The New Virtual Classroom: Education Without Leaving Home

There is increased recognition that learning does not just occur in the formal classroom setting but increasingly at work, home and within the community and that the principles of lifelong learning are being embraced by society.

Traditional Classroom – These spaces often have a preconceived function that is determined by traditional conceptions of teaching and learning that place a premium on the teacher as authority and the knowledge expert and the student as the passive recipient of the knowledge.

Live Online education, the new Virtual Classroom is designed as instructor-led synchronous computer learning environments.

Distance learning has had some bad media over the years, some people feel that online courses do not get the same “Real: degrees as traditional classroom courses, and that they have to study alone with no support from the training provider. These claims discourage many students from taking online courses.

Allow us to explain how live Online learning is the “Future of education and Training”. We have 5 advantages to live online learning that will make you reconsider your outlook on online education.

Advantages of Live Online Learning

1) Variety of Programmes and Courses

Students can choose the course of their dreams from a variety of locations without the struggle of traveling or living away from home. Search for any course they are interested in, you will easily find live online programmes offered by some of the most prestigious colleges from around the world. It does not matter where you live or what you would like to study, you can always find a suitable course or degree from the comfort of your own home, live online education makes lifelong learning accessible to all, in eliminating barriers and borders giving everyone the opportunity to have access to education.

2) Education in the Comfort of your own home

The Virtual Classrooms can be attended from anywhere in the world using any smart device, making it easy for students to attend the class from their home or office. No more sitting in traffic for hours on route to class, or sitting in an uncomfortable chair. Course content will be available via the college’s learning management system, and students have easy access to all materials from the comfort of their own home. No more money spent on travelling or getting up early on a cold morning, travelling home late at night and spending less time away from your work.

3) Learner Engagement

Online courses offer shy and more reticent students the opportunity to participate in class discussions or chats with more ease than Face to Face traditional classes. Students sometimes find it easier to concentrate as they have no distractions by other students or classroom activity while participating in class.

4) Availability

Traditional classroom education is restricted by a physical building. Many students in remote areas feel that education is not an option for them. However online Courses are available from anywhere, regardless of your geographical location on any smart device once you have internet connection.

5) Financial Benefits

Although you may think that buying a computer and paying for internet access is expensive, consider what it would cost to travel to class each week. Consider the cost of eating out versus eating at home, the cost of missing work. Cost of courses are often the barrier for students to gaining further education by being unaffordable. Some students go into debt to gain a qualification. Studying online reduces the cost for the provider, who in turn can pass on the saving to the students, thus allowing more students enjoy some of the tangible benefits of having access to education from home.

The widespread adoption and availability of digital learning technologies has led to increased levels of growth of live online learning. Many learners want the convenience offered by online learning environments yet they do not want to sacrifice the social interaction and human touch they are used to in a Face-to Face classroom. Virtual Classrooms offers training that is closely aligned with the way people work and learn today. The Global nature of the modern workforce requires ongoing training and education. Online learning has demonstrated the ability to deliver content and instruction to any learner. There are clearly some real benefits to live online education when comparing it to traditional classroom style. Taking advantage of Virtual classrooms will only improve education and enhance student engagement.

If you would like to learn more about our Virtual Learning Solutions you can contact us on 01 691 1358 or email enquiries@athenacollege.ie