What is Virtual Learning? Virtual learning is a type of learning that uses electronic devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets, and the internet.
This type of learning reduces, or sometimes eliminates, traditional classrooms for learning purposes and adopts a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
In some virtual learning systems, the students and staff are not needed for the entire study courses in a traditional classroom but through a virtual class or an online class (also known as ‘kelas digital’ in Indonesia). In contrast, some other systems require the conventional classroom system but use a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or multiple if that is their style.
What does Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) mean?
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the digital space that hosts online courses. This makes the hosting of learning resources in a virtual area that is suitable and easily accessible for its students and staff.
Learning systems that adopt both the traditional and online teaching mode and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is called blended learning.
Although virtual learning was already gaining huge waves before the Coronavirus pandemic, it became a huge contributor to its even greater recognition and usage due to the lockdown in several countries, which restricted students from going to classrooms to curb the spread of the virus.
However, some students still struggle with this learning as it is relatively newer than the traditional method and for other reasons which make the transition difficult. Knowing the right tips to adopt for successful virtual learning will aid you in taking advantage of the system while you have your online class (kelas digital).
Tips for a Successful Virtual Learning
- Understand the Method and Expectations
Different institutions and tutors have their teaching methods like in a traditional learning system. Understanding both gives you an edge into fully knowing what is expected of you, and it also helps you meet up with the expectations.
What does your tutor like in note-taking, attendance, and others? Consistently fulfilling your tutor’s demands in those areas is one way to succeed in your virtual class.
2.Get a functioning Device
A suitable device is essential for your virtual classroom because it ensures that your learning process is easy and smooth. You have to save up to buy a good one before starting your virtual schooling.
Also, it is essential always to ensure it is well charged or that you are at a place with stable electricity before you commence your virtual class
Since you know your lecture timetable, you should always commence your classes prepared. Get your notebook, pen, water, snack, etc., ready at least 30 minutes before your virtual class. This helps take a lot of pressure off you to be stable and fully concentrate.
4.Manage Time Properly
You enjoy a lot of flexibility with virtual learning, but that can make students unable to manage time properly. You must create a structure that works like marking due dates with your calendar so that you do not miss deadlines and create a reading timetable to help you maintain a good studying process.
5.Form a Virtual Study Peer Group
It is always advisable to study with your peers because it helps you understand a particular topic or area to build a healthy collaboration and community. With several digital platforms to aid virtual study, this process is very easy for virtual students.
When you carefully follow these tips, you will understand how to use virtual learning to your advantage easily. Furthermore, adopting these tips ensures your success as a virtual student, thereby scoring higher points.