Using Cutting Edge Technlogy Tools
Here are just some of the technology tools one must be familiar with in order to begin learning in a virtual environment:
Learning Management System: With availability of Learning Management System (LMS) software, a virtual learning environment is created to effectively deliver content to the students. These web-based programs use tools like skills-gap analysis, certifications and resource provision to facilitate learning at anytime, any place and any pace.
Lecture Technology: A relatively new concept, lecture technology records live lectures and these recordings are then available to online learners for downloading.
Videostreaming: Latest Internet tools have eased out the process of learning through web and real time video streaming, which is a remarkable achievement in this regard. Buffering of digital media, both audio and video, and simultaneously displaying the data to online learners create a better picture than classroom learning.
Audio and Videoconferencing: Participants at different locations exchange ideas, thoughts and tutorials and indulge in discussions using audio and videoconferencing tool.
Data Conferencing: Whiteboards are fast replacing the blackboards of traditional classes to facilitate exchange of data through a network of personal computers.
Chat Rooms and Discussion Boards: Chatting is the good old technique of online conversation and it has proved its essence in online learning as well. At the same time, discussion boards are meant for learners with different expertise level to share their knowledge and entertain the queries of others.
Web CT: Web CT or Web Course Tools is another system, which has changed the face of blackboard learning. The interested learners require purchasing a password to explore the books and tutorials published and stored in a huge database.