An online learning platform (OLP) refers to a group of online services and technologies that bring educators, learners, and other invested parties together and facilitate creation, delivery, and management of content in various forms. The major reasoning behind such platforms is to make education delivery more learner-centric so that students could gain maximum out of their course content. Some of the basic or desired features of these OLPs are discussed below.
Students often miss classes and find it difficult to understand the concepts discussed in the class even if they have access to the notes. This elaborates the importance of live classroom teaching and its impact on the students. Virtual classroom essentially tries to replicate this process through video on demand concept. These recorded videos of live classrooms are made available to the students who get the much needed flexibility to learn from them at any time of the day. To enhance the overall experience, students can use discussion boards to clear any doubts regarding the concepts discussed in the videos with the teacher as well as with the fellow students.
Cloud Storage Capability
The benefits of cloud storage for educators couldn't be overemphasised. Teachers can easily store their class notes, documents, PPTs, video recordings, spreadsheets, etc. on the cloud that could be easily shared with the students or other educators at any time & from anywhere. It provides better security of your data against theft or damage as it will be protected with a username & a password that only you can control. Apart from this, you may also get to use proprietary applications such as Microsoft Office and others to modify your resources for free without the need to purchase such licenses.
Seamless Multimedia Content Generation
Many educators may find it difficult to work around various technologies used for generating content. For example, recording live classroom lectures, processing the recorded video, and uploading it to the cloud storage may become cumbersome for the teachers and could act as an impediment for online teaching. A learning platform must provide enough technological assistance to educators so that they can easily navigate through various steps used for content generation and delivery.
Course Management Tools
Online learning platforms assist online teaching by providing educators the right set of tools to manage their course material. Such tools allow teachers to segregate course into various topics and put time-bound restriction on them so that the learners know when and the duration in which they must complete these topics. Course management tools allow creation of online question banks that can be used to test learners on various topics and also provide detailed performance analysis of all students for every test.