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  • Hello – my name is Mike Skelly – I’m a student at Harrisburg University, and I’ll be delivering this presentation about the use of Virtual Classroom training software.
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  • Read narration … note sure… well … have you have ever heard, listened, watched a video, a webinar, a podcast, or even participated in a tele-conference that was related to a training program? If you ever had any of these types of training experiences – chances are you actually have participated in a type of Virtual Classroom activity. Let’s review the answers…
  • For those who are still unfamiliar / unsure of VC, … let’s begin with a definition, and then a conceptual or visual representation on the next slide. Some may even argue that VC technology has made instruction more collaborative ; however, I believe this is more an evolution of teaching styles and pedagogy .
  • These images should help further explain what it is. Pay close attention to the lines of communication & their direction - - We’ll talk more about this later…
  • Ok – so why is a VC important? What if a student lives in an isolated or remote community? What if you don’t have the time to attend / become physically involved in a training program? What if you have an accessibility handicap? The key answer is convenience!
  • A key difference in today’s VC and those of its predecessors – is that today’s technology makes the communication – instruction element – more convenient & especially more collaborative – between the instructor & the student.
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  • As noted earlier, there are several companies that offer VC software. Here’s just one example… WizIQ offers: A main (ideally very prominent) white-screen for main presentation & viewing; A “hands-up”  / hand icon function; A written chat function; Ability to monitor participants / input by status bars, and universal feedback icons (  ,  ,  ) Ability to query / poll student by  or  mark icons;
  • Current VC components include: [Read points]
  • As noted earlier, a VC may lack a live instructor. It’s one thing to have a traditional classroom setting with a teacher who has laryngitis; however, it’s entirely different if the VC audio is not working whatsoever. If you have tech. problems, it may be difficult to get an immediate response from the IT person in Mumbai!
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    1. 1. Virtual Classroom Training Software Presentation <ul><li>By M. Skelly </li></ul><ul><li>February 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Harrisburg University </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>LTMS 510-01 </li></ul>
    2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief overview of Virtual Classrooms, and to familiarize persons on some of their key applications / features. </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a Virtual Classroom? <ul><li> - I think I know… </li></ul><ul><li> - I’m not sure. </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is it? <ul><li>A Virtual Classroom (aka as remote / distance education, E-learning), as the term suggests, means that the instructor(s) and learner(s) may not be physically situated in the same place / at the same time. It may be either synchronous or asynchronous. 1-3 For a VC – a training session is occurring, but not through a traditional face-to-face meeting. </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is it? <ul><li>Traditional Classroom: </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Classroom: </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why is it important? <ul><li>Please type in your answer… </li></ul><ul><li>1 st seven answers get a Hershey’s bar! </li></ul>
    7. 7. What’s a VC like? <ul><li>Radio – Circa 1920s </li></ul><ul><li>TV – Circa 1960s </li></ul><ul><li>Computer – Circa 1990s </li></ul>
    8. 8. What’s current VC like? <ul><li>Today, in addition to receiving telephone and video conferences, students are now able to take classes over the Internet, using quicker, more sophisticated forms of content delivery (e.g. multi-media), evaluation and feedback. The dialogue & discussion is better – easier - instantaneous! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Current VC Software
    10. 10. Current VC Software <ul><li>Offers ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>narrate presentations (audio / video); </li></ul><ul><li>engage or view material in real-time – synchronous learning; </li></ul><ul><li>engage in interactive multimedia activities – especially for polling & testing; </li></ul><ul><li>download / upload required readings & completed assignments; </li></ul><ul><li>interact - share comments and material with fellow classmates; </li></ul><ul><li>manage & monitor learner progress. </li></ul>
    11. 11. What’s current VC like? <ul><li>Common VC attributes: Whiteboard - Hands-up  function - Written chat function - Ability to monitor participants / input by status bars, and universal feedback icons (  ,  ,  ) - Ability to query / poll student by  or  mark icons. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Current VC Components <ul><li>More memory for text, better images, and storage of videos; </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming – simulation - training applications; </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to hypertext to other supplemental Web sites / material (Multi-media) sources; </li></ul><ul><li>Greater testing & evaluation feedback; </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time oral & written chat discussion; </li></ul><ul><li>Use of LMS also allow for automatic notices, testing reminders, review other students work, and storage of past lectures and work. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Technical needs common to VC software <ul><li>Obviously, a computer; </li></ul><ul><li>how to deal with basic tech. issues – e.g. audio problems in case they occur; </li></ul><ul><li>get access codes to participate prior to presentation; </li></ul><ul><li>determine primary audio / computer delivery – muting of phone; </li></ul><ul><li>know basic navigation of VC screen; </li></ul><ul><li>VC etiquette – e.g. still need to raise VC hand, avoid excessive chat about non-related subject matters. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>The emergence of VC has seen a dwindling emphasis for the “brick & mortar” classroom. The ongoing evolution of VC may bear witness to a decline of the traditional teacher in favor of a more technologically proficient VC – ID production manager. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Conclusion … cont . <ul><li>Current & future VC should: </li></ul><ul><li>Balance technological sophistication with convenience; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer greater student – instructor collaboration; </li></ul><ul><li>Make learning more effective – hopefully entertaining, and fun. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Q & A
    17. 17. Footnotes <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul><ul><li>3. </li></ul>