Online education has been demonstrating the great potential of virtual classrooms for years thanks to its capacity of customization, its flexibility and the advantages it brings to the centers that offer it. Attending online classes by videoconferencing is already a common way of learning for many students, and a highly demanded modality among people who decide to study a new language. However, there is a lot of confusion on the part of the language centers to offer this modality, getting to perceive it, in some cases, as an enemy instead of a good ally.
These fears cannot be further from the truth, since converting a traditional academy into an online language academy brings great benefits without great efforts, and helps among others to increase enrollment, improve the level of students, and optimize the schedule of the teaching staff.
How online classes revolutionize teaching
Live online videoconferencing classes change the more classical conception of teaching by moving the stage in which learning takes place. From the traditional physical classroom, a virtual space is shared by teachers and students through the network in virtual classrooms.
Travel time to the center is no more, and easy access is offered through any device connected to the network so that students can take their classes anywhere.
“Online classes change the when, how and where without changing what you learn.
In the virtual classroom, students can interact with each other and also with teachers, so they do not lose contact between classmates. One of the big mistakes is to confuse these kinds of classes with online training 100% devoid of live classes. Live online classes are more inclusive and far from being impersonal, they can be accompanied by online communities so that students can create study groups and continue interacting and practicing outside of class hours almost like a virtual cafeteria.
What skills and technologies are needed to achieve success in virtual classrooms?
Another big mistake is to think that to offer live instruction classes, they make very different skills than what’s taught in a traditional class or technology that will be a great investment.
To start teaching videoconferencing as an expert, the main thing is the know-how of the center and its teachers to teach language classes. The Verxact virtual classroom with a whiteboard and file repository allows you to project content, write on the board, give students turns to speak (by raising your hand). In addition, they also need specific skills and technology:
- Teachers with some experience teaching by videoconference or online education
- Reinforcement content for virtual whiteboard and outside the classroom
- Specific software for language classes (with digital reservation agenda)
- Audio and Video equipment (webcam)
- Internet Connection
Offer more learning, to more people, with the same resources
#1 More learning with e-learning
The centers can provide online reinforcement exercises through personalized educational platforms for each student. In this way, your students can review what they have seen at home (or even advance the lessons if the center wishes). This helps maintain class level, allowing each student to study at their own pace practicing at home with exercises and live conversations with their classmates.
The fact that these practices are available at anytime from anywhere, it multiplies the possibilities of student study.
#2 Boost recruitment with online tools
Thanks to open schedules, schools can offer their classes online (can also offer face-to-face and telephone) with open schedules. In this way, it is the student itself who freely establishes their calendar by reserving their classes one by one when they can really attend.