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Virtual Learning Environment

Virtual Learning Environment

The New Normal

Virtual Learning Environment

A virtual learning environment is a system that offers educators digital solutions that are aimed at creating interactive, active learning environments. It enhances the experience of teaching and learning. Further, it provides opportunities to broaden the imaginations of teachers and students alike. It opens up possibilities for discussion threads, polls and surveys.

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Virtual Learning Environment

Virtual Learning

“Virtual learning” uses technology to augment the learning process, by enabling the  learners to make choices about their own development.

Research

Research

Research is a component of inquiry, that requires students to engage in active learning by generating their own driving questions, seeking out answers, and exploring complex problems.

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Traditional Teaching

Teachers are facilitators for the learning process. They enable and support learners as they develop the approaches to learning they need – for both academic and personal success.

Learners @BGSIAS During the Pandemic

Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on every domain, including education. A virtual learning environment is a boon in such a situation. Learning @BGSIAS is unperturbed by the effect of the pandemic as it has adopted a virtual learning environment.

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Access

Learners have access to a vast range of resources in the form of videos, digital books, weblink, and pdfs, provided by facilitators, and accessible anywhere, anytime. This nurtures independent learners, encouraging every student to have a sense of ownership in their own learning, which is one of the goals of the IB curriculum.

Collaboration

A crucial skill for the 21st Century learners. VLE facilitates, peer-peer, teacher-student , teacher-parent collaboration too. While working on a trans-disciplinary project, learners share their ideas using discussion and collaboratively work using various digital tools.

Digital Libraries

Digital libraries are repositories of digitized resources. Texts, images, videos, journals are a few types of resources stored electronically. Digital libraries provide access to information as well as facilitate research. Some of the free digital libraries are World Digital Library, National Digital Library of India, International Children’s Digital Library.

International Connect

VLE provides a platform for learners to connect to their peers in different parts of the world. It helps them to get different perspectives from across the globe.

ENHANCED EXPERIENCE

VLE augments the joy of learning. Experience of learning can be enriched with latest technologies like augmented reality, making the concepts interesting and making it easier for the learner to visualise it. Online assessment methods like quiz, project based progress monitoring motivates the learners with instant feedback.

Digital Skills

Digital skills are a critical component of literacy skills that are defined as the ability to use digital devices, networks to access and manage information, create and share digital content, communicate and collaborate.

IB Empowered Teachers

Teachers across the world struggled to adopt to the new normal of conducting classes, online. IB teachers remained confident  and competitive to cope up with the challenge, as they were supported by IB with a vast range of resources. This included webinars, podcasts, videos and updates. The perspectives of community members world wide, their ideas and advices helped the IB schools, establish  a virtual learning environment, in their schools.

Remote learning webinars

 Webinars provided advice and ideas to organise and facilitate distance learning in the IB schools.

COVID-19 related videos

Videos with guidance and support for remote learning and how the pandemic has affected assessment procedures.

COVID-19 related Leadership Resources

Online resources that help education leaders across the world to foster agency, support professional learning communities and sustain teaching and learning.

COVID-19 related podcasts

Podcasts from experts and communities about impacts of the pandemic and the ways they are adopting to cope up with the challenge of remote learning.

Case Studies

Technology can help schools deliver successful online classes. Here are few case studies where IB schools have geared up to face the challenges thrown by the pandemic and establish a  Virtual Learning Environment at their schools.

Source: https://blogs.ibo.org/?s=covid&submit=Search&paged=2

Case Studies

Hanoi International School, Vietnam

The school geared up to face the challenges of teaching during the pandemic by developing a distance learning programme. It used the components of virtual learning to keep spreading the knowledge. Initially, they offered asynchronous learning (in which students study the same material at different times and locations). Later the system evolved to synchronous learning (in which students learn collaboratively and simultaneously, usually with a teacher).

Shahid Mahdavi Educational Foundation

Faced with the challenge of school closures due to lockdown, the IT team at the school, provided the teachers with a friendly virtual teaching and learning platform. A platform that engaged the learners through polling, online discussions, and quiz.

 

Even the fifth grade teachers asked their students to discuss, plan and run an online mini-exhibition in order to implement student agency and develop international-mindedness through focusing on human commonalities and global issues. Not only did the students’ projects lead them to work together in small groups on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve a better future, but the projects also reinforced approaches to learning (ATL) skills and strengthened the roots of IB learner profile in the students. Later, we provided them with the opportunity to present their projects online and to receive feedback from the participants based on a given rubric.

Nanjing International School (NIS)

When schools closed in China at the beginning of the year, Nanjing International School (NIS) students adapted their DP Visual Arts Exhibition into a virtual gallery.

Visual Arts teacher at NIS, Morgan Krajczar, says: “Our students are resilient and flexible, but they were disappointed not to have an exhibition in their predetermined space. I wanted to set up the site, so that the community could enjoy and be inspired by the variety of work that the students spent time doing. Students were very quick to create a gorgeous virtual collection of images and as their teacher, I decided to really put an effort into celebrating their work.”.

Holding the exhibition online meant that it got a wider audience. The whole community has been able to enjoy the art and to read the curatorial rationales. The story was covered in the Nanjing newspaper, 

 


Traditional Teaching

Traditional teaching has been around for thousands of years, shaping the minds of so many scholars, workers and ordinary men and women. Our traditional teaching approach involves teachers acting as facilitators who support thinking and metacognition with prompts and tools, scaffold connected opportunities for the development of skills. They provide time for learners to wonder, explore, build and revise theories, engage in research and reflect on learning. Classroom is a place where learners are valued as capable inquires. Facilitators personalise learning by employing various strategies and flexible groupings.

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Smartboards

Smart Boards has their ability to be interactive. Students learn best when they are fully engaged, and hands-on learning is one of the best ways to do that. With this technology, every child in the classroom has the ability to utilize the Smart Board at the same time. For example, advanced Smart Boards have the ability for students to use their finger and write directly on them. Most Smart Boards have separate workspaces so several children can utilize the smart board at once. This interactivity provides students the ability to write, draw, or take notes via a tablet as well.

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