How Virtual Classrooms Can Transform Learning In Rural India

The learning outcomes in the blended system (mix of online and offline classes) will raise overall quality because of additional flexibilities and value addition of virtual classrooms.

In India, a good education is prized above all else. Parents spend a considerable portion of their income on their children’s education. However, despite the willingness of parents to spend so much on their child’s education, a gap in learning opportunity exists.  

Education In rural areas 

In rural areas, the physical infrastructure is considerably less developed than that in urban regions. Hence the geographical barriers in rural areas are hard to surmount. Thankfully, technologies like virtual classrooms can help bridge the distances that separate students and teachers. When a student’s school has adopted virtual classroom technology, the child need not miss any classes just because he or she lives a considerable distance from school. That’s because the student can quickly login into every class from his or her home.  

Excitingly, the learning outcomes in the blended system (mix of online and offline classes) will raise overall quality because of additional flexibilities and value addition of virtual classrooms. Educators in virtual classrooms have various tools at their disposal that are not available in a conventional setup. This will help them using various types of contents catering to multiple intelligences.  

Data makes learning more effective  

In addition to helping reach multiple intelligences, virtual classrooms also capture relevant data & trends. Virtual platforms equipped with artificial intelligence can analyse such data allowing educators to gain deep actionable insights. The instant analysis generated by virtual classroom helps identify areas wherein a child is struggling. This added assistance help teachers staying focused and effective given their tight schedule and number of students.  

In a virtual classroom, data is generated continuously, such that each session is more productive than the one before. This way, virtual classrooms will help institutions raise the level of in-class quality and improved learning outcomes. It’s a partnership with educators reducing their workload and helping them to deliver quality.  

Intelligence in rural areas can reach the world 

While students in rural areas stand to benefit from learning in virtual classrooms, talented educators have much to gain from such classes as well. 

There are tens of thousands of talented intelligences who are unable to tap their potential because they live in rural areas. Such high-intelligence individuals may have a wealth of knowledge to share with the world. Yet, the geographical divide makes it hard for them to teach students in other parts of the country or world. Virtual classrooms can surmount this geographic divide.   

When such individuals are allowed to create virtual classrooms, they can teach students in any part of the country or world. Hence the abundance of talent in rural regions can not only learn thanks to virtual classrooms but can also teach others.  

Virtual classrooms help identify intelligence 

India is teeming with intelligence, and arguably the most intelligences in India live in the interior of the country- where the vast majority of Indians today live. Virtual classrooms present the opportunity to find and tap this raw intelligence.  

In the absence of virtual classrooms, lakhs of people with immense mental ability never have the opportunity to realise their fullest potential. The educator’s inability to identify such talented individuals and enrol them in suitable programs is a loss to society. However, when virtual classrooms become common across rural India, the most talented individuals will be easily identified. When such individuals enrol in virtual classes, educators and the technology powering virtual classrooms will be able to identify their real ability.   

The identification of such individuals will allow them to occupy positions in society that are commensurate with their abilities.

Overcoming the shortage of teachers  

Also, in many parts of rural India, it is common for schools to be understaffed. Virtual classrooms help solve this problem by letting students take virtual sessions from home. In such cases, a teacher may club multiple classes, students have access to recorded lectures, artificial intelligence helps observations, real-time analysis assist teachers in focussing remedial and student engagement is more personalised. All these new facilities enhance the productivity of educators and help solve the problem of too few teachers.   

India still lives in its villages. The most significant surplus of human talent in India lies in its interior. Virtual classrooms are tools that will help educators tap this talent pool. Virtual classrooms will also help talented educators living in rural areas connect students across India and the world. Furthermore, the technology will eliminate the impact of the shortage of teachers in rural India. Virtual classrooms have the power to revolutionize the face of rural education and make the dream of a perfect world - where each child has access to a good education - come true! We all need to put small efforts towards this endeavour of continuous learning and support the governments to ensure the vital elements for development and advancement, which are not merely clothing, food and shelter but Internet connectivity too. 

The inclusion of virtual classrooms in rural areas can certainly have a tremendous impact on youth and pave the way for their success and sustainable growth of the nation. 

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