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Globalization coupled with technological advancement in the field of Internet has dramatically transformed the mainstream education sector. A pristine education nomenclature has upsurge owing to the above stated facets. It is rightly known as "The Era of Virtual Classrooms". The prodigious amounts of investment in the technology have resulted in the evolution of the Virtual classrooms that proffers plain sailing knowledge sharing.

Days are gone by when the knowledge was shared only under a classroom roof and needed a physical presence of the mentor/teacher. Internet has actually reshaped every arena of the human’s life, not even sparing the education sector. It would not be wrong to say that virtual classrooms are a dream without the internet.

Insight about virtual classrooms:

Virtual classroom in general is a kind of environment that facilitates the teaching-learning process. There are wide array of virtual classrooms present depending upon their size, features, capabilities and services being offered. Broadly they can be categorized under following categories: Independent, Collaborate and Broadcast. Out of these three categories, independent virtual classrooms are quite asynchronous as they do not support any kind of direct communication, on the other hand, collaborate virtual classrooms highly propound direct communication via live chats, video conferencing and hence, they are synchronous kind of virtual classrooms. Broadcast virtual classrooms are ones that permits the students to access or broadcast the lectures online. In short, we can say, the education sector has moved towards an era wherein the interaction is highly dependent on multi-media and the computer acts as the instructional system.

Talking about the inflation of the virtual classrooms, it is noteworthy to mention that virtual classroom is made possible only in the presence of pre-requisite tools and techniques such as:

  • Internet connectivity
  • Network-based software application such as virtual auditoriums, electronic mail systems etc.
However besides these basic requirements, virtual learning knows no physical boundaries and is highly flexible and tailored to meet the individual needs in relation to their age, sex, special needs, religion, disability, nationality etc. Indeed, the best part about virtual classrooms is that it is continuously improving and getting up graded and is making a move towards offering the information in vernacular languages.

Success of Virtual Classroom:

Media affluence: the richness of media is of utmost importance. Unlike traditional teaching where the soothing voice, eye contact, humor and dramatic gestures by the lecturers make the lengthy lecture quite lively and enthralling, in case of virtual teaching, the instructors needs to orchestrate their content with some metaphors and humors along with the active participation of the students via stimulating the collaborative assignments.

Timely responsiveness: The online professor needs to realize the fact that teaching is a continuous process similar to parenthood henceforth; they must be actively engaged in solving the queries of their students along with offering the continuous feedback for improvement.

Effective logistics: There is prodigious amount of information present online which may highly confuse the students. It is highly essential to segregate and organize the study materials and set a perfect rhythm and schedule of the course. The entire course must be divided under sub-topics and after the completion of each topic, regular conferences must be done in order to ensure a smooth flow of information.

Beguiling interaction: Last but not the least, the level and depth of interaction between the instructor and the student largely governs the success of virtual learning. Effective and stupendous amount of interaction with the student poses a key challenge to the instructor; however it can be largely resolved via collaborative learning.

Thus, it would be right to say that the online instructor acts as the primary facilitator of the learning opportunities wherein he acts as a source of resource encouraging the colossal number of students to work in unison with each other to spread the power of knowledge:

Future of virtual classrooms:

The Web-based learning has a long way to go. It’s just not a fad. The enhancement in the technology is offering a gigantic opportunity for the growth of virtual classrooms. The concept of "Haptic Interfaces", which is although not widely used in web-based learning up till now, can introduce the tactical feedbacks. Yet another prospect in web based learning is the "tele-immersion" technology which offers a physical space wherein people can experience the feel of sharing the same physical space via "tele-cubicels". There is much more to unveil in the world of Virtual learning. Their lies a massive number of enthralling and innovative possibilities in the field of virtual learning. What is merely needed is the high level of passion, gusto and zeal to learn and make a difference in one’s own life.