When most people think of an online university, they picture an online school that is like a traditional college, but with all of the bells and whistles of an online learning environment. However, online learning has a lot more in common with the type of learning that you would get if you attended a traditional college than most people realize. Online learning and the classroom have more in common than most people may think.
In the typical classroom setting, you will find two people; one sitting at a desk and the other on the stage in front of the class, talking to the class and acting out the lesson. The person sitting at the desk will normally answer questions and explain the lesson, as well as giving feedback to those students who are not doing a good job. If any of the students do not understand a certain concept, they can ask the teacher for help. This is often done verbally or in writing. The teacher usually makes sure that the student understands everything he is saying and then gives feedback as needed.
In the online university setting, there are many other elements that come into play, such as the virtual classroom learning style. Students are typically provided with a personal computer that is connected to the Internet. Students will use the Internet as their primary tool to accomplish tasks, and they will do this through e-mail, chat rooms, or forum boards.
Most of the time, students will also use their e-mail accounts to communicate with their professors, fellow students, and other individuals within the online institution. Students are given access to e-mail so that they can easily send and receive e-mails in the traditional classroom learning style. They will also have access to the Web, so that they can connect with classmates and fellow students who share similar interests.
In addition to the online communication tools, students are also provided with the ability to create their own websites for the purpose of participating in online discussions with other members of their class. They may also have access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Students may use their social media websites to communicate with each other in a more personal manner than their e-mail accounts. They may be able to post blogs and videos about their educational goals, discuss ideas about subjects that interest them, and other issues. and even participate in a forum to exchange information with others.
Students in the online university will also be provided with the opportunity to participate in discussion groups that are created for that specific subject matter. For example, a science class may have discussion forums that students can participate in, while a class in music may have discussion groups created specifically for that group.
When . . . . . . it comes to interaction within the online learning environment, students will need to take advantage of their virtual classrooms for a number of different reasons. First, they will be able to communicate with classmates that may be based outside of the United States. or even other countries that do not share the same academic standards and values as the United States.
Secondly, students will be able to communicate with professors across the world, because the Internet allows for students to meet in real-time through chat or voice chat. Third, in a virtual classroom, they will be able to use the Internet to do research and read documents, write essays, and participate in other forms of research. And finally, students will be able to communicate with other students and faculty in the online learning environment. By doing so, they will be able to interact in a very similar fashion as they would within the traditional classroom learning environment. By doing so, they will be able to get a better idea of what other students are experiencing and what works and what does not work, depending upon the subject matter.