What is virtual learning?
Several platforms - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and many other online communications media - have allowed billions of companies around the world to share ideas in a nick of time. And more importantly: at a very low cost.
But most people are not aware of how these kinds of technology tools are changing the way employees learn. This emerging education trend is often called virtual learning and it has the potential to improve employee achievements, educational access and companies’ cost-effectiveness. A virtual learning environment (VLE) can be described as a web-based carrier for courses of study, mostly within an educational context. Usually, virtual learning management systems allow participants to be organized into different groups and roles. It’s all about (re)presenting resources, activities as well as interactions within a certain course structure. Therefore, many companies have decided to adopt these VLE’s.
Virtual learning comes in several forms:
- Computer-based: courses and instructions are provided by a software installed on a local computer or server.
- Internet-based: though this may seem similar to a computer-based instruction, there’s a small difference. In this case, the software that provides the instructions is delivered through the web and stored on a remote server.
- Remote Teacher Online: the courses are provided by teachers that are not physically present. This kind of virtual learning is very common and popular as it allows a trainer to interact with employees through internet, online video, online forums and instant messaging.
- Blended learning: Intuo is a big fan of blended learning, as it combines traditional face-to-face instructions with both computer- and internet-based virtual learning
- Facilitated Virtual Learning: these computer- or internet-based trainings are supplemented by a human facilitator, focusing on ‘assisting’ the teacher or tutor.
- Online Learning: any form of instruction that takes place over the internet.