Necessity of Virtual Education
There are three separate factors at work in the knowledge-based society. The first is the continuing development of knowledge, making it difficult to compress all students needs to know within the limited time span of a post-secondary program or course. This means helping students to manage knowledge how to find, analyse, evaluate, and apply knowledge as it constantly shifts and grows.
The second factor is the increased emphasis on applying knowledge to meet the demands of 21st century society, using skills such as critical thinking, independent learning, the use of relevant information technology, software, and data within a discipline, and entrepreneurialism. The development of such skills requires active learning in rich and complex environments, with plenty of opportunities to develop, apply, assess and practice such skills.
Thirdly, it means educating students with the skills to manage their own learning throughout life, so they can continue to learn after graduation.
Benefits of Virtual Education
Virtual classroom training allows students to choose when, where, and how they would take a desired course. We could take our virtual classes at home, at work, or during our vacation.
In the virtual classroom students have many different tasks and opportunities to choose from in the learning process, so we can agree that virtual learning develops student creativity.
Using new technologies in virtual classroom training allows students to be innovative and to learn new software solutions. Studying in an online environment enables students from all over the world to work together in one place – the virtual classroom.
Being part of a virtual classroom course enables students to join a community of people who share the same interests. The virtual classroom is a space where we could make new contacts and could interact with our peers.
In the workplace it is more important for an employee to not only have the technical and theoretical knowledge for a certain job, but also to be a soft-skilled professional who is patient, empathetic, open-minded, dialogical, and who enjoys and understands the process of working with others as a team. All of these abilities can be developed through virtual learning.