punto.sud Academy Virtual Classroom
The recent events related to the Covid-19 and the consequent impossibility to organise face-to-face workshops raised the punto.sud Academy attention to the need to develop alternative learning modalities for the benefit of NGOs, UN agencies’ staff and other actors interested in the management of EU development projects.
A virtual classroom is a shared online environment (based on the Zoom video conference system) where the learners and the trainers work together simultaneously. The trainers can provide live learning sessions using a similar methodology to that used in a traditional face-to-face training.
This learning methodology allows for instant feedback, direct trainer-learner interaction, and engaging activities to increase motivation and active participation. Immediate communication helps relationship building within the group, as well as a sense of community. For this reason, they are also very effective for in-house learning processes. Usually live sessions are combined with self-study activities, thanks to the rich interactive and multi-media library at the disposal of the participants to deepen knowledge on some of the training topics.
Virtual classroom can be considered a new standard in the learning experience that goes above and beyond the physical space of the classroom and traditional teaching methods.