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The sudden rise of virtual classroom software « Zoho Blog

These are unprecedented times which have dramatically changed our daily lives. Schools and colleges are suspended, and students and trainees are losing precious time in classes. This is impacting their academic and skills development progress.

While we know the situation in the world can feel unsettling, virtual classroom software is here to help. The most asked question about online training sessions is about interaction with students since the teacher is not physically in front of the class. Most people think that engagement and satisfaction go down significantly when the face to face element is lost. We however, emphatically disagree.

Read on to see how Zoho ShowTime can offer a comprehensive training platform for your employee training and student education exercises—just like you’d do in a brick-and-mortar classroom.

Virtual classrooms offer incomparable convenience and flexibility!

Virtual classrooms can be attended from anywhere—a bedroom, garage, backyard, or any other place deemed fit—all anyone needs is a laptop or smartphone with an internet connection. Even better? There’s no traveling involved—the class comes to the trainee. Brilliant!

Given the current crisis, it’s adviced to self-isolate and work from home. With virtual classrooms, you get the benefit of safety and defense from the virus, while still getting access to outstanding learning experiences on your schedules. There is no physical classroom that can match that.

Student-trainer interaction takes the spotlight.

Let’s address the elephant in the room—real-time classroom interaction. In a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom,  opinions are shared, questions asked and answered, examples described, and naturally high levels of engagement and interaction among students, peers and trainers. But this engagement isn’t a result of physical proximity.

Showtime is the perfect tool for delivering classroom style, face-to-face sessions, full of features to that ensure every virtual session is engaging and interactive—just like the real deal. The trainer can keep the students engaged mid-sessions with polls. Rich chat features allow for real-time communication between peers and trainers, while screen-shares, shared learning materials, handouts, and whiteboards make the online classroom a complete substitute for the traditional experience. You can also use Zoho ShowTime’s co-trainer option to introduce l subject matter experts from around the world to your students.

Trainers can also assess the trainees’ participation in the session, share great questions with the class, and record the session as it unfolds. The recording can later be sent to the participants who missed the session or want to review it, making sure that everyone can get the information, at their own pace, as many times as they’d like.

Every student is unique—curating on-demand content for self-paced study.

Want to train employees abroad? Finding it a challenge to keep up with time zones? Does your institute provide self-study material or offer certification courses? If the answer to any of those questions is a “yes”, then Zoho ShowTime is the solution for you.

You can upload course videos for employees and trainees to watch at their convenience. As a trainer, you can also share hand-outs as reference material. And you can follow up with tests and quizzes to make sure the information is hitting home. 

Virtual or physical, learning is always taking place.

In conclusion, virtual classrooms leverage the best of remote teaching technologies to make learning an easier and more convenient experience. They also help significantly lower training costs while providing vastly superior reach for students and teachers both.

Zoho ShowTime is a single comprehensive tool for all your remote teaching needs. If you’d like to experience ShowTime for yourself, please sign up here. Follow ShowTime’s Twitter handle to stay updated about the product, as well as receive tips and tricks on how to become a successful trainer.

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