Use of Virtual Classrooms in Online Learning Environments

Use of Virtual Classrooms in Online Learning Environments

Salih Gümüs (Anadolu University, Turkey) and M. Recep Okur (Anadolu University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2053-7.ch010
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With the help of enhancements in communication technologies, especially within the framework of opportunities provided by the internet, learning can be done both in traditional environments and online environments. Besides numerical content, online learning content has the ability to offer multiple learning tools together. The one which steps forward among these tools for providing communication and interaction is virtual classroom applications. In this study, virtual classroom structure in online learning environments is examined. Within the framework of the study, academic personnel who have experience with distance education and who have given courses in virtual classroom application are defined. In order to gain detailed information, research is designed qualitatively. After the data is analyzed, suggestions are provided by reporting the research. Action research design of qualitative methods is used in this study.
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Theoretical Background

What is virtual classroom? Enhancement in today’s internet technologies has affected education technologies and increased the number of simultaneous tools of learning management systems. Various educational technological tools use in online learning and face-to-face classroom. Bernard et al. (2005) found that computer-delivered training resulted in more effective learning than classroom learning and vice versa. Their study shows effect sizes from over 300 studies comparing learning from various forms of electronic distance technology to learning in face-to-face classrooms. Virtual classrooms are the online learning environments which let us use education tools of traditional classrooms for distance education.

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