Since the emergence of the internet, the education system has evolved. The internet has mobilized development in modern technology. Nowadays 24*7 access to information has become an expectation both within and outside of school premises.

Classroom learning has been impacted by this demand, know more about how Aedu is supporting schools to keep up with this growing trend.

Let’s know more about the age of Virtual Learning Environment (VLEs)

Merits of VLEs:

The best VLEs provide the school with the following merits:

1)Flexible access to both time and learning.
2)It provides scalable learning, by covering large geographical areas with ease.
3)Tools to account for different abilities and skill sets.
4)Elasticity against unanticipated conditions like (the recent coronavirus outbreak) which makes face to face learning troublesome.
5)Taking it into consideration, let’s know more about what a school should have in order to set-up an effective virtual learning condition.

Choosing the right software

There is multiple amazing software available to you that can help you kick start your VLE, but you need to make sure that you choose the appropriate one for your school. Regardless of the software you opt for, you must keep in mind the following vital points:

Easy to use

People don’t accept changes easily especially when it involves learning new technologies. This makes it important to search for a system that is easy to learn and use. As a school, your VLE is probably going to be utilized by staff and students, covering various ages and capacities, so discovering something that is adaptable by everyone is a necessity.

Check for various capabilities and learning style
From GCSEs to A-Levels and IB, there are multiple subjects with varying test bodies and learning requirements, you have to ensure that your VLE leaves no man behind when it comes to supporting students on paths of education. Choosing something that complements multiple learning requirements and qualifications your school offers is of central significance to help keep students learning on track.

Tracking students progress report
Keeping a progress record of individuals or groups of students is fundamental to ensure that students are reaching their full potential. This can be challenging as they are relying upon digitalized learning. Whether it is a part of MIS or incorporated in your VLE, a good software system should facilitate this process. Aedu software has a module that helps to track progress reports for your students.

Flexible content upload options

While selecting a VLE platform one must make sure that it enhances student engagement. You’ll be able to broaden your options for the future and cater to a much wider audience by accounting multiple learning styles, and this could only be made possible by having a software that provides options to upload a diverse range of multimedia content, from interactive quizzes to videos, and online presentations

Dedicated support team

We always hope that things won’t go wrong with technology but they never run 100% smoothly all the time. Therefore it is very much important to have a dedicated technical support team who’ll assist you whenever you need it, It is imperative to ensuring your VLE keeps on running easily. One must ensure that the software providers provide you with regular software updates and continuously look forward to improvising their system functionalities. It's one reason why we ourselves offer a full SaaS bundle with live Support accessible nonstop.

Integration with MIS

MIS is the focal point of the school ecosystem, as it holds much of the vital data. In this way sourcing a VLE that will be fully integrated with your MIS system and consistently share data over various stages without duplicating information, is pivotal. That is the reason we work with various bespoke partners, including various VLE suppliers, who completely incorporate with Aedu.

Communication is crucial

One of the fundamental advantages discussed earlier that VLE enables student learning to take place anywhere and at any time. This is something we ourselves have figured out, that to make remote learning as effective as possible, communication needs to be a high priority for schools.

Aedu supports cross-community communications via the following channels:

Mobile applications

This integrated feature supports the sharing of vital information with staff and students as soon as things happen. Aedu Teacher application helps to send emergency broadcasts to students and parents via app notification directly from mobile. Teachers can also circulate other helpful messages or push notifications to keep students, and parents updated with school news, timetable, and other important information. Aedu parent’s app is designed to promote healthy communication within parents and students.

Short Message Service (SMS)

Aedu SMS gateway helps to send SMS messages directly to individuals and groups on a single click. It also includes tracking data in order to make sure that important messages are delivered and read. It is useful for sending emergency information or notices.

Online portals

When you are focusing on virtual learning you should make sure that you keep parents engaged in school activities and give them timely progress reports of their child. To support this we have made an online portal for parents where they can have access to a child’s school life, like their school updates, permission forms, attendance, timetable, and many more activities.

Conclusion

The Virtual Learning Environment will never be able to clone all the benefits of face to face learning, but it can definitely enhance the teaching and learning experience for students and staff members. It can also act as a fundamental tool to support the school in continuing education for their students in these unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19.

To explore more about virtual learning, and to integrate Aedu for your school.
Schedule a call now and get a free School Management Software demo. Contact us.

Author's Bio: 

Mitesh Patel is Technology Enthusiast ,Flare for emerging technology topics ,Digital Marketing Manager at School Management software provider,Aedu and Loves to read ,write and travel .