Updated: Mar 27
A virtual classroom is an online environment that simulates a traditional classroom setting. It is a digital space where students and teachers can interact with each other in real-time, using video conferencing, chat rooms, discussion forums, and other online tools. Virtual classrooms allow learners to attend classes remotely from anywhere in the world, using only an internet-connected device.
In a virtual classroom, teachers can deliver lectures, share presentations, and conduct interactive activities and exercises. Students can participate in discussions, ask questions, and collaborate with their peers. Virtual classrooms can also include features such as online quizzes and tests, file sharing, and assignment submission.
Virtual classrooms can be used in a variety of settings, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, corporate training programs, and continuing education programs. They offer several benefits over traditional classroom settings, including greater flexibility, the ability to accommodate a larger number of students, and the ability to customize learning materials to individual student needs.
The Benefits of Virtual Classrooms for Corporate Training
Virtual sessions have become an increasingly popular mode of delivery for corporate training. Here are some benefits of virtual sessions for corporate training:
Virtual sessions offer greater flexibility in terms of time and location, allowing employees to access training from anywhere, at any time. This is especially beneficial for employees who are geographically dispersed or work remotely.
Virtual sessions are often more cost-effective than traditional classroom training. There are no travel costs, no venue expenses, and no need for physical materials such as handouts and manuals.
Virtual sessions can be customized to the specific needs of each employee, allowing them to work at their own pace and focus on areas where they need more training. This personalized approach can lead to more effective learning outcomes.
Virtual sessions can be designed to be interactive and engaging, using tools such as polls, quizzes, and breakout rooms. This can increase employee engagement and motivation, leading to better learning outcomes.
Virtual sessions can easily accommodate large numbers of employees, making them ideal for organizations with large workforces. This can reduce the time and resources required to deliver training to all employees.
Virtual sessions can be tracked and monitored, allowing organizations to measure the effectiveness of their training programs and make data-driven decisions to improve them.
Virtual Classrooms in Learning Management Systems
Virtual classrooms are an important component of many learning management system (LMS) platforms. These platforms offer a wide range of tools and features that facilitate online learning, including virtual classrooms that simulate traditional classroom settings in a digital environment.
In an LMS virtual classroom, students can interact with each other and with their instructors in real-time using video conferencing, chat rooms, and discussion forums. Instructors can deliver lectures, share presentations, and conduct interactive activities and exercises.
Six Tips for Running an Effective Virtual Training Session
Running an effective virtual training session requires careful planning and execution. Here are some tips to help you deliver an engaging and successful virtual training session:
Set Clear Objectives
Define the objectives of the training session and communicate them to participants at the beginning of the session. This will help participants understand what they will be learning and what they should expect to achieve by the end of the session.
Use Interactive Tools
Incorporate interactive tools such as polls, quizzes, and breakout rooms to keep participants engaged and encourage participation. This can help prevent participants from becoming distracted or disengaged during the session.
Test Technology Beforehand
Test all technology and equipment prior to the session to ensure that everything is working properly. This includes testing internet connectivity, video conferencing software, and any other tools or applications that will be used during the session.
Use a Clear and Concise Format
Use a clear and concise format for the training session, including an agenda and clear instructions for activities and exercises. This will help participants stay focused and engaged throughout the session.
Encourage participation by asking questions, soliciting feedback, and allowing participants to ask questions throughout the session. This can help keep participants engaged and interested in the material being presented.
Follow Up After the Session
Follow up with participants after the session to provide additional resources or support, and to gather feedback on the session. This can help improve future virtual training sessions and ensure that participants feel supported and engaged throughout the learning process.
About LMS Portals
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.
Our platform includes embedded tools that allow you to launch virtual classrooms as part of your training program.
The system also offers an embedded SCORM-compliant course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.
We also provide a complete library of ready-made courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.
If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also provides tools for online coaching and social learning.
Together, these features make the LMS Portals platform the ideal training solution to run your virtual classrooms.