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The Rise Of The Virtual Classroom

Several years ago, it was unheard of. Now, it’s one of the principal methods adopted by companies who are looking to develop their employees. Virtual classrooms have certainly hit the ground running when it comes to employee training and when one starts to delve into the benefits, it’s really no surprise.

Of course, we’re never going to see the day where the traditional form of training is cast aside completely. This serves its purposes, more so in particular industries, and is going to be a core part of most company’s development plans.

However, there’s no doubt that virtual training has encouraged a different take on training, and in some ways pushed companies to invest even more into employee development. Let’s now take a look at some of the main reasons why virtual classrooms have caused such a stir.

They can easily be recorded

Admittedly, one could take a video of an entire training session if it was being held “in person”, but there’s no doubt that virtual classrooms add a layer of ease into the process.

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Particularly if you are participating in technology-related training, like for Checkpoint certification, the benefits of recording a session can be endless. It means that processes can be constantly reviewed and returned to; there are no cases of forgetting what was said in a particular session.

The lack of geographical restraints

We’re specifically referring to geographical restraints through this next point, but in truth it also applies to time. In other words, companies had got used to sending their employees away for remote training – but sending them away for days at a time. Even if a session lasted just for the day, when travel time was factored into the equation it meant that employees were often away for two.

It meant that companies were certainly reluctant, unless training happened to be on their doorstep. Now, with virtual classrooms, such constraints no longer exist.

Additional participation

This next benefit might surprise some readers, but some studies have shown that virtual classrooms actually prompt more interaction and participation than the traditional alternatives.

The reason for this is simple; a lot of people feel more at ease in a virtual room of strangers, than they do in a real room. This is more evident in some industries, with technology being a prime example, but many courses are starting to see that they have much more interaction with modern virtual classrooms as opposed to bricks and mortar.

Back to the geographical factor

We’ve already spoken about geographical restraints, but let’s delve into the subject from a slightly different angle.

The fact that virtual classrooms are pretty much available to the world is significant. It not only means that travel time is eradicated, but it also means that people are brought together from more regions. This can be really important from a learning perspective and can allow individuals from different backgrounds and cultures to liaise and develop in a way that would be unlikely just a few years ago.

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Carl Petoskey

Carl Petoskey is an accomplished writer with years of experience covering the tech industry. When he's not writing you can find him covering companies like Comcast Business Class.

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