How to Create a Virtual Classroom: the Instructive Virtues of Virtual

Twenty-twenty is considered perfect vision. So, here we are in a ‘visionary’ year (“the future is now” – 2020, right?) and this article will examine how to look good in a virtual class. No, not how to be “virtually classy” (yes, the concept does exist), but how to best create a virtual classroom and conduct a virtual class. The hows and whys. The nuts and bolts. Stick with us and we’ll “nail it” – together.

And you want an authoritative take on the subject? Alright, this post is based on a webinar hosted by iSpring with special guest speaker Cindy Huggett. She is ‘virtually’ one of the queens of online learning, as she has been moving thousands of corporations, educators, and learners online for almost two decades. Yeah. We know. That sounds like forever. And since IT years are kind of like ‘dog years,’ that probably is fairly close to infinity.

What Is a Virtual Classroom?

But before our class begins, let’s define virtual training as Ms. Huggett does. In her words, it is:

“A highly interactive, online facilitator-led class, with defined learning objectives, with participants who are individually connected from geographically dispersed locations, using a web-based classroom platform.”

And that is what happens – or is supposed to – in a virtual classroom. That’s right, as many have discovered, transition to a virtual classroom is not simply a matter of closing a door and flipping a switch. Although we’ve all become at ease with the use of computers and VOIP phone and video calls, the dynamics just aren’t the same as being face to face in a physical classroom setting. And it’s not that one is ‘better’ than the other, as both present pros and cons, it’s that they’re (very) different. Read more