The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the classroom experience. It has evolved significantly for primary, secondary, and higher education institutions. Virtual learning has become a necessity as remote education has dominated classrooms around the world.
Whether your classrooms are 100% remote or offer a hybrid learning environment, you need the right tools to foster a collaborative learning environment that is inclusive of all students.
When you are teaching remotely, the right unified communications tools can help create a meaningful student experience. UCx with Webex allows you to enable a more engaging and interactive virtual learning environment for your students.
One App for Whiteboarding, Video, and Chat
If you want to make remote learning easy for students of all ages, they need streamlined access to collaborative communication tools. UCx with Webex makes it easy for students to work together as a team by using whiteboarding, video meetings, and chats through a single app.
Students can quickly and easily create a sketch on the whiteboard and share it with the entire class. When you set up a meeting room for your class, you can rest easy knowing that you are providing a private, secure classroom environment. Also, both students and teachers can participate in direct chats or group chats — allowing them to communicate with ease via instant messaging.
One of the challenges with running a virtual classroom is enabling quality student and teacher engagement. This can be hard to do when you have a class with dozens of students. However, you can encourage students engage by using small group breakout sessions during your class meeting.
Breakouts allow students to communicate more freely in a small group setting while they share ideas, collaborate on projects, and edit files. You can also pop into individual breakout sessions to offer guidance and support for each group.
Secure Virtual Learning Environment
Whether you are in a K-12 classroom or working in higher education, your remote education tools must provide a secure virtual learning environment for students. UCx with Webex includes in-application security features to help keep the classroom secure, including:
- Required passwords to join meeting rooms
- Unlisted meetings that ensure someone cannot join your session unless they are invited
- Built-in end-to-end encryption
When teaching in a hybrid or fully remote environment, you want to eliminate distractions as much as possible. By enabling noise cancellation in UCx with Webex, you can eliminate additional background noise when your class is in session. Teachers can also mute and unmute all attendees to better control discussion and minimize interruptions virtually. If you typically receive calls during class time, turn on Do Not Disturb mode. This feature prevents incoming calls from interrupting your session, allowing you to stay focused on education instead of disruptions.
Keep Your Classroom Cutting-Edge
One of the benefits of UCx with Webex is that you have a partnership with an expert hosted service provider. This means that you will always have access to the latest and greatest features and updates for your virtual classroom. When you create a high-tech classroom for virtual learning, you can take student teamwork and collaboration to a whole new level.
These features can help you create a better virtual classroom experience. For more information on using these tools and more in your virtual learning environment, request a demo today.