Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom Fridolin van der Lecq

CONCEPT  

The Virtual Classroom was designed to give students and instructors working remotely an educational experience that is comparable to education in a physical learning environment. In a Virtual classroom, an instructor teaches students remotely. The instructor sits in a specially furnished room with six large screens showing six online participants per screen. Two other screens can show presentations, interaction tools or the students’ questions, as needed. The benefits of a Virtual Classroom over a webinar, for example, are that the instructor can make good eye contact with all of the participants on the large screens, and that there is more interaction possible between the instructor and students and among the students.

As each screen has its own camera, the online participants feel more as if they can interact personally with the lecturer. For the instructor, teaching in a Virtual Classroom feels more natural than teaching in front of a laptop in an online meeting environment, due to the freedom of movement the installation offers and the option of addressing students directly.

HOW IS THE SPACE USED?

The innovative nature of this concept means that relatively few studies have yet been published on aspects such as the effects on the students’ learning results. However, it is clear that the instructor must use interventions, such as a quiz or poll, earlier than they would in a standard classroom in order to encourage the students’ involvement during the class. The Virtual Classroom system has been set up in such a way that it is easy to add such a quiz during the lesson.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Where: Buijs Ballot building; studio room 3.25
Suitable for: interactive teaching online.

  • If you would like to utilise the Virtual Classroom in your course, please fill in the reservation form.
  • As the Virtual Classroom is an experimental teaching facility, an evaluation of the use of the space is part of the process. You will receive a questionnaire about your use of the space following your teaching moment.
  • If you have any questions about the Virtual Classroom, please feel free to send an e-mail to virtualclassroom@uu.nl or Laurien Jansen.

The Virtual Classroom was created in partnership with Barco.