Having had the opportunity now to observe two types of virtual learning situations, it is clear to me that, as the saying goes, “it takes two to tango.” Of course, there are methods that can be added to the teachers’ repertoires that will enhance the student learning experiences.  These include providing chatrooms where virtual students can work in small groups, ensuring adequate wait time during lessons, and allowing the process to be interactive rather than having a lecture format.

Having spent time on the in-house aspects of improving the virtual experience, it is important to look at the students’ role in the learning process. For a successful virtual experience, students have an equally important part to play in the process. Video games and cellphones have accustomed the youth of today to being constantly mentally stimulated.  How often do you see a person sitting idle nowadays? We are more often than not either listening to music or interacting with social media. Without stimulation, we can easy to drift off and lose concentration.

As a virtual student at home, it is essential to make an effort to be actively involved. Asking questions and being engaged in the lesson has been proven to benefit the learning process,  as evidence shows that not only will that assist you in being more attentive but it also provides a space in your brain for the ideas you are learning about.  Never has it been more important to raise your hand and speak up than during these virtual learning experiences.