GWG raises the bar yet another time and launches Distance Learning for NEBOSH IGC (Via Virtual Classroom)
“Learn what you need, when you need, where you need…”
Many organizations work in a dispersed environment and traditional classroom training sessions may incur prohibitive travel costs and/or scheduling conflicts. Going by the principle of enhanced learning experience at an affordable cost, GWG offers a number of eLearning programs and virtual classrooms making it easy for course participants to get the training they need at their convenience.
In a virtual classroom, various communication channels are available for the live interaction between the participants and trainer. These involve voice, instant messaging, status icons, question & answer chat and webcam (optionally, for live video).
Using a Virtual Classroom provides various benefits:
- Bring together participants from different geographical locations.
- No expenses for travel, hotel & training facilities.
- Suitable for training deliverables on short notice (i.e. short modules for a small topic).
- All types of digital media can be integrated (videos, podcasts, screen capture, animations, PowerPoint etc).
- Interaction between participants & instructor via application sharing.
- Participants can work with software on systems that are not locally available.
GWG’s New age era of learning:
The learning landscape is full of various buzzwords that sometimes it can be hard to really grasp the concepts that are being discussed. For example, one popular movement today being used in the education industry is the virtual classroom, but what exactly does this mean?
The idea itself is not that hard to conceptualize, however often the characteristics regarding a virtual classroom are not discussed.Below are some of the key components of a virtual class room and for the sake of simplicity the most defining terminologies are mentioned below.
A virtual classroom allows both learners and instructors around the world to participate in live classes to collaborate and interact. A wide range of training programs can be delivered via virtual classroom wherein ‘live’ sessions are recorded and saved for future use if participants are unable to attend at actual times of training delivery.
The low costs of virtual classrooms are considered to be a major advantage. Learners can save money by not having to worry about travel expenses. Participants also save time since all that is needed is an internet connection.
Online classes also allow for the ability to record classes as it happens, including any presentation audio and visuals. This means that the content is accessible even after being delivered, an added benefit for those who want a quick refresher, or perhaps did not fully understand the first time.
Practical and Proven
Synchronous learning is a learning environment where everyone takes part in the learning at the same time. A traditional lecture is an example of this type of learning, and has been used for hundreds of years. Online learning enables this same type of experience, but with far more conveniences and tools.
Virtual classrooms can be used to deliver lectures, or even tutorials online. They are also great options for impromptu meetings and group projects where members need to check-in on progress and bounce ideas of one-another. With the virtual environment, ideas and collaborators are never far away.