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ERIC Number: EJ1102818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Virtual Classroom: Architecture and Its Future in Educational Institutions
Parthasarathy, M.; Ananthasayanam, R.; Ravi, R.
Journal on School Educational Technology, v4 n3 p34-40 Dec 2008-Feb 2009
The educational system around the world is undergoing a tremendous change in the area of knowledge and strategy. In general, the curriculum practices have revolutionized by the academicians and educational administrators. The learners have also demanded varied types of knowledge and skills required for their day-to-day activity. Nature and the forms of educational system should accommodate the requirement of the nation and society in general individual learner in particular. The traditional classroom approaches requires a tremendous change in the way of delivery and knowledge transmission for the development of cognitive and non-cognitive areas of learning with emphasize on qualities of personal and social growth. The education commissions and committees have also recommended and stressed that education should be made both universally available and more relevant. In this context this paper suggests a learner-centered approach for the demands of the nation and the society at large. The learner-centered approach suggested by this paper, a Virtual Classroom (VC) approach is a stress on its architecture, facilities, interactivity and network. Based on the criteria the authors have developed three models of VC approach and future benefits of these approaches for knowledge management system for effective acquisition, sharing, utilization and creation of knowledge in the area of teaching-learning process.
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Virtual Classrooms, Technology Uses in Education, Information Management, Interaction, Networks, Video Technology, Group Discussion
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