With the usage of computers becoming more common, it is revolutionizing almost every area of human life. One of such areas is the way people learn. This penetration of computers into the learning sphere has given rise to a new term called Virtual Learning.
Virtual learning is nothing but the use of computers to deliver instructions to learners or students. It is typically different from traditional learning which involves a physical interaction between students and teachers. It makes use of computer software or internet to facilitate interaction. It can either take form of computer-based learning where a student receives instruction from computer installed software or remote online learning where a student receives instruction from a teacher via internet.
With virtual learning becoming increasingly popular, myths are also creeping in. Let’s discuss some of the common myths about virtual learning.
#1 Myth: Most of the time is
spent on computer only
The fact that learning takes place through computer does not mean that students will spend all of their time on computer only. Depending on the subject, students can carry out a lot of activities including library research, experiments, social interactions, drawing and comprehensive projects. Some schools even organize regular school trips for learning purposes.
#2 Myth: It is primarily teacher-less
The idea says that virtual learning eliminates the requirement for teachers altogether. This is truly a misconception. First of all, the virtual curriculum is typically developed by certified teachers only and as such, even the automated learning involves input from teachers at certain points.
Secondly, there are instances where physical presence of a teacher figure becomes inevitable like that for young children. They may require someone to provide them with right guidance, illustrations and supervision. This someone may be a learning coach or a guardian. However, the role played by them will be of a teacher only.
#3 Myth: It’s all about technology
One needs to understand here that technology is simply a means for learning while the most important aspect is the study material or curriculum which is being learned. Hence, the main focus should be around the best ways needed to pass on the material which are effective and understandable for the learner rather than bogging on technology.
#4 Myth: It is best suited
for home schooled children
Virtual learning has always been considered as an alternative form of learning. As such, most of the virtual schools tend to focus on recruiting children who are home schooled. In the process, they ignore the other class of children while the simple fact is that almost anyone can get benefited from a virtual learning program. Although, home schooled are more likely to sign up for these programs, non-home schooled students can also benefit from it.
The above myths about virtual learning can create perceptual blockages. These blockages can limit the education class realize its potential benefits. As such, deflating them is one critical step towards realizing the full potential of this new type of learning.