5 Tips for Effective Virtual Learning
Now, the necessity of online and massive open online courses as learning options can no longer be disputed. As such, how to ensure effective virtual learning becomes essential and challenging for the education industry.
In today’s digital era and post-pandemic has reinvented the learning landscape. The virtual learning environment has changed the face of learning and plays an essential role in providing people with more opportunities to learn from anywhere and at any time.
5 tips to improve effective virtual learning:
1. Teacher competencies
In order to develop and deliver the online learning programs effectively, the teacher needs to master the required skills and knowledge. E. g. The ability to develop professional online content, engage with students, setting up the training environment as well course creation technology & usage of equipment, platform & etc.
2. Classroom environment
State of the art ICT infrastructure technology, ensuring fast and stable Internet connection, having a continuous power supply, improving Internet security and administration can improve the virtual learning process and effective virtual learning.
In order further to improve the entire education system’s effectiveness, virtual learning should not be the only method. So a hybrid learning environment, either asynchronously or synchronously, depending on access to the right IT infrastructure, the content of a course, and users’ readiness, is important.
3. Effective communication
Effective communication is reduced when there is both physical and psychological separation. So promoting social presence in the virtual learning environment should be explored to increase its credibility and effectiveness as an alternative to face-to-face classes.
4. Interactive teaching methods
Education design has evolved as technology drives changes in the teaching and learning process. As for interactive teaching methods, the adoption of new education technologies and communication as the enabler is essential to enhancing the development and dissemination of e-learning courses.
Teachers should organize lessons and events more effectively to allow students to participate more actively.
5. Diversity in the method of presentation
Diversity in methods of presentation within virtual learning environments should also be encouraged, such as introducing tools like audio and video, and Internet-based supporting including the advent of several new EduTech, such as AI, VR, and the Learning Management System platform.
Diversifying methods of the presentation can also lead to the diversification of available learning media in addition to printed material. Besides that, a mixture of independent learning and scheduled tutor-assisted courses can complement the normal e-learning format and further improves effective virtual learning.
Finally, behaviors and attitudes for both teachers and students have also could influence the effectiveness of virtual learning. This includes a participant’s level of self-discipline, engagement, passion, personality, motivation, effort, and self-confidence.
When both teachers and students have the required skills and competencies, have access to the right infrastructure, are well-motivated, engaged, and have the desire and passion to teach and learn, the more effective virtual learning will be.