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Online virtual classrooms

Virtual classrooms combine the benefits of online and face-to-face learning to give you the ultimate learning experience. Think of an interactive classroom you can attend from your lounge room – that's the essence of virtual delivery.

What are virtual classrooms? 

As the name suggests, virtual classrooms are a type of online study. However, unlike traditional online learning, virtual classrooms give you the opportunity to interact with your teacher and fellow students in real-time, enabling a more interactive and engaging learning experience. This live training also allows for discussions, collaboration and social interaction with your fellow peers, some of the most valuable parts of an on-campus study experience.  

In our virtual classrooms, your teacher will guide your learning experience just like they would in a face-to-face environment. But with a virtual classroom, you have the added flexibility of attending class from home, work, or anywhere with an internet connection. Plus, all sessions are recorded, so if you’re unable to attend a class, you can watch the recording and catch up when it suits you. 

Courses offered via online virtual classroom

FAQs about online virtual classrooms

Traditional online learning can generally be described as passive or one-way learning. It’s often similar to a webinar or lecture, where a speaker delivers content to an audience or a student watches a pre-recorded video. In these examples, the student has limited opportunities for questions or interaction with the content, teacher, or fellow participants. 

Virtual classrooms, however, are designed to simulate the traditional classroom or learning experience by enabling real-time discussions, interaction and engagement between teachers and students. Virtual classrooms allow for a more active learning experience, encouraging collaboration and shared learning and resulting in a richer and more well-rounded learning experience.  

Virtual classrooms combine the flexibility of online study with the collaborative learning style of a traditional classroom. Unlike traditional online learning, where students have little interaction with their teacher and fellow classmates, virtual classrooms allow students to learn from their peers just as much as they do from their teacher. 

The flexibility of virtual classroom delivery allows students to study when and where it suits them, opening up study opportunities to students from diverse locations and backgrounds. 

Online virtual classes are delivered according to a timetable. While you are encouraged to take advantage of the scheduled classes so you can ask your teacher questions and interact with your peers, it’s OK if you’re unable to attend the live class. All classes will be recorded and made available in TAFE Queensland’s learning management system, Connect, for you to watch at a later date. 

TAFE Queensland uses Zoom for its online virtual classes. Zoom is a communication tool that allows users to connect with video, audio, and chat via a computer or phone. You do not need to have a zoom account to access the classes.  

You will access your online virtual classroom via a unique link. You will be provided with your timetable, classroom links, login details, and further instructions on how and when to log in to your virtual classes in TAFE Queensland’s learning management systems, Connect, once your enrolment is confirmed. 

You will need a reliable internet connection and a device that connects to the internet – preferably a desktop or laptop computer to access your online virtual classes. While you can dial in or use the app on your mobile phone to join the classroom, this doesn’t provide the best user experience.

If you don’t have them already, we also recommend purchasing a basic web camera and headset for your computer. 

A camera will allow you to fully interact with your teacher and fellow students and get the most out of your learning experience. Many laptops come with in-built cameras so chances are you might have one of these already. 

A headset that includes both headphones and a microphone will allow you to both clearly hear and speak to you teacher and classmates. If the headphones from your phone include an in-built microphone and can be connected to your computer, this will work fine. However, using an in-built microphone from your computer is not recommended.  

Virtual classes. Real Learning

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