There are four fundamental elements of a typical online classroom. These elements include students, curriculum, facilitator, and technology. Each of these four aspects is conjoined to work together. If one of them fails, then the overall functionality of a virtual classroom becomes compromised. Essentially, the students represent the most basic part of these elements. They give purpose to the setup of online classes by making learning practical and funding its progress.
The students study the curriculum set by a state, country, or globe. This curriculum allows education to reach acceptable learning standards, which are capable of directing people with reliable skills and experiences. In a bid to attain such standards, the online classroom needs an instructor referred to as a facilitator to guide learners across the curriculum. Finally, all these elements are brought together through an online platform designed to reach people in various parts of the globe technologically.
The delivery of online learning sessions is implemented by organizing these four elements strategically. For instance, they can use discussion boards and video sessions to discuss and interact. Assignments are issued and received using the same platform where such plagiarism checkers as Turnitin are used to evaluate the originality of work. The class management should set up a timetable for online classes and discussions to ensure that learners and their teachers are socially present. Students who fail to attend such classes should be made accountable by using LMS fully. Keengwe, Onchwari, and Agamba argue that technology should be infused constructively to fit the teaching and learning principles (Keengwe, Onchwari, and Agamba 887).
The Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Learning Management System (LMS) should be customized to register and log in to classes, submit assignments, receive accountability messages from a student who fails to attend, and collect the overall level of responsiveness in online activities. Finally, it is prudent to create a reliable digital library to ease the accessibility of multimedia that students can use to study in an online class. Multimedia can be used to create and invite students to online seminars. The learners can be referred to as reliable wikis and blogs to integrate the ideas learned from the class. A facilitator may decide to post such learning materials by connecting the discussion board with the sites.
Keengwe, Jared, Grace Onchwari and Joachim Agamba. “Promoting effective e-learning practices through the constructivist pedagogy.” Education Information Technologies 19.3 (2014): 887-898. Print.