Virtual Classroom Platforms - a Comparison

The benefits of using virtual classrooms are:

Benefits of a virtual classroom for learners

  No travel required – Learners do not need to travel anywhere which saves costs and time
  Interactivity – Due to the distance and virtual interaction options, virtual classroom training is often more interactive as opposed to traditional       classroom training
  Flexibility – Access to course materials, anytime, anywhere


Benefits of a virtual classroom for employers Higher productivity – Employees spend less time away from their actual work, thus higher productivity is achieved
 Flexibility – Learning can be planned around business needs and schedules
 Cost saving – Virtual classroom training does not incur any costs for the venue or travel, plus employees are not as long  away from their  desk or office which in turn reduces the opportunity costs

 

Comparison of features of popular platforms

comparison of features of popular platforms

 

As with any systems in the e-learning industry, there are various platforms and providers. Generally these can be categorized in proprietary, e.g. Blackboard Collaborate, and open source systems, e.g. BigBlueButton. Which one to chose depends on your requirements/objectives and your IT infrastructure. For example, if you already use an open source LMS such as Moodle, an obvious choice would be BigBlueButton.

The available platforms mainly differ in regards to the depth of features as well as the price. The main features, as illustrated in the table above, are generally very similar though. The majority of the platforms include the main features such as audio and video streaming, desktop/screen sharing, attendee management, whiteboard tools such as drawings as well as sharing the interactive whiteboard, recording, annotating, and many more.


If you are interested to know more about how virtual classrooms can be integrated in our new Moodle SaaS model and which platform would be most appropriate for your needs, please get in touch with us on 866-713-0496 or [email protected]