The flexibility in time and space of language classes are variables that challenge traditional teaching every day. The e-learning solutions extend the possibilities of students with 100% self-training options, mixed methods in which the student sets their pace and study hours inside and outside the classroom and even online classroom courses, which are taught in virtual classrooms with videoconference.
Our experience as industry leaders for the past 39 years has taught us that, with digital material, the student always goes ahead of the center.
It is easy for the student to adopt technological innovations, since they enjoy similar advantages in other aspects of their life: work, leisure, daily management, etc. Moreover, it is a mistake not to exceed your expectations. The extension of the schedule with face-to-face online classes is one of the ways in which the centers can meet the demands of the students, especially of the younger generations and of those people who have problems to reconcile work and family responsibilities with the classes.
5 advantages of teaching online language classes
The advantages of teaching online language classes by videoconference are quite varied and positively affect both the center that offers them, and the students who are offered.
In a study carried out by teachers from Harvard University and MIT, the conclusions indicated that the new digital tools give greater flexibility in teaching, and online educational platforms which allow students to participate in their learning in a way that adapts to your individual needs.
“This is about the democratization of learning: Learners are in control. We are at the beginning of an exciting effort to understand how people learn and how to educate well and effectively at scale.
Ho, A. D., Reich, J., Nesterko, S. O., Seaton, D. T., Mullaney, T., Waldo, J., & Chuang, I. (2014). HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013. HarvardX Working Paper.
#1 Use of teachers’ time
The center takes better advantage of its teachers’ schedule. In the case of centers that teach businesses, travel is eliminated. These hours become new class schedules for other companies or private groups of students.
#2 Integration into the lessons of the course
Online classes are integrated into the online course. Precisely, it is from the same course where students can easily book their classes. The center publishes common timetables for all its students in which they specify teachers and schedules. Including the configuration of the class: in group or individual, and the theme of it, if you desire. You can also leave these settings open. The system will then adapt the class information according to the preferences of the first student who signs up for a class.
#3 Videoconference with everything you need to teach
Verxact virtual classrooms to teach online language classes have what it takes to transfer their physical classes to online classes:
- video conferencing technology developed in protocols widely compatible with all web browsers,
- virtual whiteboard,
- content repository,
- system of entry and exit to class at any time without interrupting the course of the lesson,
- audio, video, chat, interaction between participants.
The online language classes by videoconference have all the characteristics of traditional face-to-face, but without the rigidity of the latter.
#4 Teacher Tracking
Verxact offers students the possibility of rating teachers at the end of the online class through a system of stars. These ratings appear in the teacher’s profile so that students can consult them when choosing a class. Higher rated teachers will be more in demand, and it will encourage teachers with lower ratings to work more classes to raise their stars.
In this way, the center has direct feedback on the quality of its teachers at all times.
#5 Reports: student tracking
Being integrated into the course, all the information collected in the virtual classroom is automatically added to the educational platform. In this way, the attendance information and the evaluation grades of the classes automatically pass to the LMS (Learning Management System) records. Teachers and tutors can check in real time the progress of their students.