What Does Teaching Virtually Mean? Understanding Virtual Learning in Schools

Apr 8, 2024 | Blogs

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the education sector has undergone a significant transformation. Traditional classroom teaching has been replaced by virtual learning in schools, which has become the new normal for millions of students worldwide. But what does teaching virtually mean? How does it impact both teachers and students? This article will delve into these questions and illuminate this new educational paradigm.

Understanding Virtual Learning

Virtual learning, also known as online or e-learning, refers to an educational experience delivered through a digital platform. It allows students to access their lessons, assignments, and other educational resources online from any location at any time. This learning mode primarily relies on internet connectivity and digital devices such as computers, tablets, or smartphones.

What is virtual learning in schools specifically? It’s essentially a digital classroom where teachers instruct students remotely using various online tools and platforms. Teachers can conduct live classes through video conferencing software, share study materials via cloud storage services, assign homework through learning management systems (LMS), and evaluate student performance using online assessment tools.

The Role of Teachers in Virtual Learning

Teaching virtually means adapting traditional teaching methodologies to fit within an online environment. It involves planning engaging and interactive lessons despite the physical distance between teachers and students. Teachers need to be adept at using technology to facilitate learning effectively.

In a virtual classroom, teachers play multiple roles – instructors, facilitators, mentors, and tech support all rolled into one. They need to be proactive in reaching out to students who may be struggling with the new format or facing technical issues.

One crucial aspect of teaching virtually is maintaining regular communication with students. This can be achieved through emails, chat messages, discussion forums or video calls. Regular feedback on assignments and assessments also helps keep students motivated and engaged.

The Impact of Virtual Learning on Students

Virtual learning in schools has a profound impact on students. On the positive side, it offers flexibility regarding when and where learning can occur. It allows students to learn at their own pace, which can be particularly beneficial for those needing extra time to grasp certain concepts.

However, virtual learning also poses some challenges. Students may feel isolated due to the lack of face-to-face interaction with their peers and teachers. This is why we have introduced socials at IVA, which has elevated the learner’s experience. They may also need help with staying focused and motivated during online classes. This has prompted us to keep our classroom sizes small and personal.

Moreover, not all students have equal access to the necessary technology for virtual learning. This digital divide can lead to disparities in educational outcomes among students from different socio-economic backgrounds.

The Future of Virtual Learning in Schools

While the pandemic largely necessitated the shift towards virtual learning, elements of this approach will likely continue even after schools return to normal operations. The experience has shown that technology can effectively enhance teaching and learning processes.

Schools are likely to adopt a blended learning model, combining traditional classroom teaching with online elements. This model can provide students with a more personalized learning experience by catering to their individual needs and learning styles.


So, what does teaching virtually mean? It means embracing technology as an integral part of the teaching process. It means being flexible and innovative in delivering lessons and engaging with students. And most importantly, it means striving to provide quality education despite physical distances and other challenges. We are proud at IVA Global to have embraced this challenge.

Virtual learning in schools is not just about using technology; it’s about transforming education for the better. As we navigate this new educational landscape, teachers play a crucial role in shaping the future of learning – one that is inclusive, accessible, and effective for all students. And for us, we will ensure that IVA Global is at the forefront of that future of learning.

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