While much of the virtual learning experience is similar to being in a physical classroom, much about the approach is also unique. As a result, challenges that don’t occur with in-person training arise, some of which can derail or harm the learning experience.
By understanding the challenges that show up in many virtual classrooms, you can be better equipped to address them proactively. Here’s a look at the obstacles and difficulties that may come with the approach, as well as some tips for managing them.
3 Obstacles That Online Classes Need To Hurdle
A Lack of Virtual Instruction Training
Many instructors have ample experience when it comes to in-person training. They understand how to navigate a classroom, engage students, and promote learning.
However, a surprising number have little (if any) experience with virtual instruction techniques. Using the same methods as an instructor would with in-person learning often yields subpar results.
For one, the format doesn’t allow for the same kind of connection with learners, which can be a hindrance. For another, a lack of familiarity with the online platform tools can lead to technical issues, delays in information delivery, or general confusion.
Luckily, resolving this issue tends to be simple. Online instructors need to focus on professional development. Along with exploring techniques to boost engagement and knowledge retention, they also need to spend some time learning the technical aspects of the platform, ensuring timely and streamlined delivery of information.
Navigating the Plethora of Tools
Virtual classroom technology has advanced quickly and seems to change on a near-daily basis. While some of the enhancements are incredibly beneficial – boosting engagement and creating capabilities that weren’t previously available – they can also be overwhelming.
Many virtual instructors don’t know how to make the most of their platforms. This can lead to technical issues or may cause them to miss out on a difference-making opportunity.
As mentioned above, training is often a key to success. By familiarizing themselves with the toolset, instructors can embrace what enhances the experience and bypass options that won’t yield the best results.
With virtual classrooms, instructors may come across as less energetic or enthusiastic. At times, this is because they are seated, speaking to a camera, instead of walking through a room or physically engaging with a board.
Students usually see video of the instructor in a relatively close up shot that focuses on their face. If it’s only in a small box in the corner, students may have trouble gauging the instructor’s emotions. If it’s a full-screen video, there isn’t any activity or movement aside from the instructor speaking.
Instructors need to understand how the platform works and focus on infusing their approach with energy. That way, their passion will shine through, increasing overall engagement.
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