COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we see and experience things about life. Before the pandemic, we could simply take a bus or drive(our children) to school and interact with classmates face-to-face. This is no longer possible at the moment.

According to research by the World Economic Forum, over 1.2 billion children in 186 countries are out of the classroom. This is to show the extent to which we have been affected in the educational sector.

So, in this article, you will learn easy ways to continuing learning in class despite a pandemic.

How do we learn despite the pandemic?

Since the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to stay at home, it means we can no longer have lectures, meetings, seminars, etc. the way we usually do.

This calls for the adoption of teaching and learning styles that would not put our health and that of others at risk; Virtual Learning.

Virtual learning has been around for quite some time and in this period of self-isolation and quarantine, it has become increasingly popular.

What is virtual learning?

Virtual learning is defined as learning that can functionally and effectively occur in the absence of traditional classroom environments (Simonson & Schlosser, 2006).

Virtual learning uses computer software, the Internet, or both to deliver instruction to students.

This minimizes or eliminates the need for teachers and students to share a classroom.

How has the educational sector responded to COVID-19?

Due to the rise in the number of infected cases, the demand for online classes has significantly increased. Platforms like Tencent, Lark, BYJU have seen their services being increasingly used by both individuals and institutions of learning all over the world.

This move by the educational sector is a step in the right direction because learning itself cannot end despite the pandemic and technological innovation is one great distinguishing factor that sets us humans heads and shoulders above every other specie on the planet.

As with the traditional style of face-to-face learning, virtual learning seeks to teach students in a particular course or module. Therefore it is guaranteed that you will be informed, learn something new, or improve on already existing knowledge.

What Are Some Challenges Of Virtual Learning?

Since we are now aware of the pros of virtual learning, let’s be realistic and state that virtual learning comes with its downsides too. These includes:

In an online course, the distance between the student, instructor, and learning materials can lead to higher rates of dropouts and less motivated learners.

I mean, you’ve probably been a culprit yourself, registering for a (free) course online and dropping out or forgetting about it entirely after some days, so there you have it distance is actually a disadvantage of virtual learning.

Safety

Virtual learners are often exposed to the flaws of the Internet. They are subject to inappropriate websites and ads, online predators, and hackers. Their privacy is at risk as well.

However, with Pinnacle School Management Solution, we grant you access to cloud-based protected software for school; where they can view various reports, add/edit students, enter exam results. This software is not prone to hackers and sensitive information is kept safe.

How Can You Facilitate A Quality Virtual Learning Experience?

A well-designed and well-managed module, combined with an instructor who communicates and interacts effectively with students, and who delivers good quality learning experiences, can lead to increased learner motivation and facilitate increased student engagement in the course.

This five-stage model proposed by Gilly Salmon to increase student engagement and motivation in online learning:

1. Access and Motivation: Create easy to retrieve materials and a welcoming and encouraging environment

2. Online Socialization: Connecting through messages, and providing content that is relevant to students lives

3. Information Exchange: Connecting learners to resources and supporting learning

4. Knowledge Construction: Through lectures, readings, assignments, and facilitated learning students build and construct new knowledge

5. Development: Through responding and offering outside resources students develop their learning outside the course.

Luckily for teachers, there is Pinnacle School Management Solution! Never before has Pinnacle LMS proved so useful for its flexibility and insights.

Once a tool in our kit during classroom time or after school, Pinnacle LMS takes on a more prominent role, offering the ability to upload various materials, lessons, quizzes, and homework and then share them with students.

As a teacher, once you’ve created your own Classes on our learning (depending on what subjects you teach and how many different classes you have), you’ll then want to organize your content and communication, making the best use of features such as subgroups and folders.

How Can Virtual Learning Be Efficient?

Online teaching can quickly become overwhelming. Finding ways to offer detailed and quality support, learning, and feedback. But through efficient and time-saving methods, will mean higher quality learning for less instructional time.

Choose the right tools, for the right job, for the right need, for the right content. Choose the right teaching approaches, for the right learning needs, for the right learning content.

Be choosy.

You can also check out how you can select the right virtual learning platform here.

Conclusion

If an instructor has too many tools in a course it can create a cognitive overload of the students, who become overwhelmed, and then they are learning to use tools rather than learning the course content.

On the other hand, having too few means boring learning materials and few connection methods, and that loses student interest and dedication as well.

So, try to choose the right amount of tools for the needs of a given course and its topics.

FAQs

What is an efficient virtual learning system?

This means choosing the right tools, for the right job, for the right need, for the right content. Choosing the right teaching approaches, for the right learning needs, for the right learning content.

What is the advantage of Virtual learning over face-to-face learning?

Virtual learning minimizes or eliminates the need for teachers and students to share a classroom. This in turn reduces cost of accommodation and on-campus living expenses among other things.

What is Virtual Learning?

Virtual learning is defined as learning that can functionally and effectively occur in the absence of traditional classroom environments.

Reference

What Is “Virtual Learning”?

The Reality of Virtual Schools