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Virtual Classroom Project Report

Virtual Classroom Project Report

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2. Introduction to Virtual Classroom
2.1 Concept of E-LearningWith the ever-increasing popularity and accessibility of theInternet, it is only natural that the educational community shouldwant to make use of this tremendous resource. Use of theInternet and Web are leading to significant changes ineducational models. Effective exploitation of these changesrequires adequate attention to understanding the technology, theeducational processes and issues, student’s characteristics, etc.As this use of Internet is increasing, a traditional classroomhas shifted to E-Learning. While advancements incommunication tools were easily adapted to learningmethods, it was the introduction of the personal computerand the development of the Internet that would create themost radical transformation in higher education. Learning bycomputer can be as easy as communicating with your professorand fellow classmates via email, student utilizing an interactiveCD-ROM. Thus, E-Learning can be defined an approach to facilitateand enhance learning by means of personal computers, CD-ROMs, and the Internet. It may be as simple as those teachersmay simply post their material on internet students can read itonline or can download it for further access.Since student won’t be in a classroom with professor andclassmates, he will need to be capable of independent learning.Instructor will provide him with a syllabus, course documents,and required readings. The interaction between the professor andthe student will happen via e-mail, discussion board, forums etc.Since the class doesn’t meet in a physical space at a scheduledtime, the student will have to learn independently. He will beresponsible for keeping up with the assigned reading andcompleting assignments according to the timeline on thesyllabus.
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 The growing popularity of E-Learning has introduced newterms to education, as Virtual Classroom, where student will bepresent with his professor and fellow learners in a classroom. They will not be present physically in the classroom butconnected to the classroom via Internet. Virtual classroom aimsto simulate the experience of attending a class over the web. Soeveryone is able to see other participant virtually.
 
2.2 Concept of Virtual Classroom
 Just as the term virtual means a simulation of the real thing,Virtual Classroom is a simulated classroom via Internet, whichprovides a convenient communication environment for distancelearners just like traditional face-to-face classroom. A virtualclassroom allows learners to attend a class from anywhere in theworld and aims to provides a learning experience that is similarto a real classroom. When we go to college we have a schedule of lectures, which we must attend. Student must arrive on time, andwhen he enters the classroom, he finds a teacher, fellow learners,a blackboard or whiteboard, LCD projector, optionally a televisionscreen with videos. Likewise, a Virtual Classroom is a scheduled,online, teacher-led training session where teachers and learnersinteract together using computers linked to a network such asthe Internet.A virtual classroom enables to bring learners from aroundthe world together online in highly interactive virtual classeswhile greatly reducing the travel, time, and expense of on-siteteaching/training programs. It can be used as a solution for livedelivery and interaction that addresses the entire process of creating and managing our teaching-learning process. Itfacilitates instructor and student in teaching-learning events,such as a seminar, online discussion or a live training foremployees in company.As in traditional classroom, there are professor and fellowlearners present with the student; we have many participantspresent in virtual classroom. They can talk with each other as inthe traditional classroom via chat. Similarly presenter useswhiteboard, gives notes/resources, gives presentation as given intraditional one. Thus, virtual classroom can be visualized as a classroomwhere a lecture or session is conducted using Internet. Now, that
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