If you are an online tutoring service provider, you might be dealing with some technical challenges. Have you ever been through trouble convincing your audience or the users? If yes! Do you know the reasons behind it? Here is a walkthrough to the situation you often come across.

When dealing with students, you’re often questioned about quality, growth, and outcomes of virtual classes. These questions arise from the common misconception among the students that traditional classroom is better than a virtual classroom. You may come across students showing concerns like lack of attention, lack of social development, low growth, adverse effect on health, lack of communication skills, lack of excitement, isolation and some of them also say - online tutoring is just a trend.

To nurture the benefits of virtual learning, it is essential to defy such myths. Don’t worry. We’ll help you to address such queries.

1. How are virtual classrooms better than traditional classrooms?

Virtual learning is the face for a 360-degree interactive multimedia platform and remains equally challenging as a traditional classroom. You can access a class from home, office, and from any place with internet connection. It saves time traveling, and you don’t even need to invest time in catching up missed sessions, you can replay and watch them later. The feedback loop even though longer than the traditional classroom but can help keep teachers keep record of even the minor feedbacks.

2. Will tutor be able to pay attention to every student equally?

You usually encounter students with a strong misconception that traditional classrooms are much more interactive than virtual ones. But, traditional classrooms with larger audience, seems more like a presentation than a learning event. But the idea of virtual learning eliminates teacher, classroom, and classmates and lot many things happening at the same time. Virtual classrooms are more interactive, students and teachers make it work at their own convenience, students can interact with each on the topic discussed using whiteboards and public chat boards.

3. How growth in a virtual classroom is more as compared to a traditional one?

Many students assume growth is hampered in virtual classroom, but it is entirely wrong. On the contrary, virtual classrooms are beneficial for the students who don’t require additional help from the tutor. This, in turn, also saves classroom learning time. A tutor can personally give time to weaker students. A student can grow more as per their potential of learning and complete more classes in less time, work ahead of schedule and move towards the goal. Thus, the concept of virtual classroom ensures that it delivers equal growth and learning as traditional classroom does.

4. What if students lack in social development, excitement, and feel isolated?

You come across students showing concern about lack of social engagement. Many students assume that they will feel isolated and lack excitement in virtual class. In virtual learning social interaction tends to be limited. This isn’t always true, as virtual learning is a 24/7 learning platform where multiple people interact, discuss, and provide their opinion at the same time. Virtual classroom keep a check on each student, teachers proactively communicate with each student. If it seems boring, students can get online coaches who provide on-demand tutoring and demonstrations. There are lot many online and offline activities like group discussions, chats, field trips, excursions to enhance social interaction.

5. What if excessive use of computers lay adverse effect on student’s health?

Virtual learning follows blended learning which has the approach of online and offline activities. Some virtual platforms organize excursion trips to enhance studies, encourage field trips and asks to participate in real-world adventures. The classrooms have turned virtual but it does not mean pen and paper are obsolete. The lectures are short, but even if student feels dull, he/she can record and replay to learn further when required. In virtual classrooms, tutors do not only rely on online classes, there are offline assignments too.

According to the report of Babson Survey Research Group “The number of students taking online courses grew to 5.8 million nationally, continuing a growth trend that has been consistent for 13 years. More than a quarter of higher education students (28 percent) are enrolled in least one online course.”

Virtual classroom concept is not just a trend. But many students will use it for the first time, and with time, students will soon come out of their beliefs. They will themselves find their assumptions put wrong. The acceptability towards virtual classrooms will start to increase as the benefits starts to dominate the cons.

Published On: Aug 22, 2017​