A educational platform or academic platform It is a virtual program whose function is to create virtual spaces to share information. It is intended for teachers and students. It is widely used in universities and schools, both face-to-face and online. An educational platform allows you to organize content, view it over and over again and answer questions instantly, without limits on physical space or schedules. It is ideal to create spaces for discussion between students and teachers, research groups and even virtual communities that have the same common interest.
The teacher can teach in different ways. This makes teaching much more didactic and entertaining. You have the option to make video calls or upload recorded videos, share links, upload the PowerPoint of your subject, include forums, use linkbuilding , wikis, receive student work, develop online exams, answer chats, take evaluations or report important dates. All in a telematic way and without borders of time and space.
The web design of this platform must be carefully studied and analyzed so that it fulfills its function and does not distract the student from his main function: to learn the subjects pertinent to his course.
Elements of an educational platform
To create a academic platform efficient and didactic requires a series of tools:
LMS (Learning Management System): web space where all users that comprise the educational platform are contacted. Students, administrative staff and teachers share their ideas. It is the website where the syllabus of the enrolled course is presented and it is stated how long the training will last.
LCMS (Learning Content Management System): web tool where the management of this content is carried out. It is the tool that allows the management and publication of the content used in the course.
Communication tools: Chats, forums, emails … where feedback is made between students and teachers. For example, to make inquiries about important dates or means of evaluation.
Administration tools. In charge of the management of registrations and permits.
Types of virtual educational platforms
Commercial. Created for profit. They can be created either by companies or by educational institutions. They are usually very effective. It is required to pay a monthly or one-time fee to access your updated content. One of the best known is: WebCT FirstClass.
Educational platforms for free software. They are created without profit. Their best advantage is that they can be used from anywhere in the world without a time limit and for free. It adapts to the times and needs of the student. For example, platforms Moodle and Claroline they are free software. Its main benefits are:
Freedom of use without payment.
Adaptation to the needs of the student.
Freedom to get and spread copies of your content.
Freedom to improve the platform program and make it public.
Academic platforms of own development. They are developed for a specific project. Its purpose is not to be massively distributed to get as many more customers the better. This makes them exclusive and personalized. They are adapted to the needs of the project for which they were created. Its disadvantage is that its cost is very high.
Objectives of a virtual academic platform
Give the opportunity to learn without limit of space or time.
Optimization of work for the teacher.
Ability to review the teaching material over and over again.
Take online exams.
We can list an endless number of objectives that a virtual educational platform but the reality is that it will depend on two factors: the type of platform it is and the needs of its users. Behind each virtual educational platform there is an institution with its own way of organizing itself and its regulations.
Benefits of using a virtual educational platform
Instant messaging systems. Thanks to the virtual educational platforms , the student can contact his tutor to answer questions related to his course. And not only the tutor but also the teacher of each of the subjects taken.
Sending files. Works can also be sent through the virtual classroom, which facilitates the exchange of information between both, and the correct teacher-student qualification.
Accessibility from any device.
Notices. Important messages generally sent. When it comes to face-to-face education the teacher stands in front of the class and gives a statement. If you have a virtual educational platform You just have to send a general message to all your students so that they can see it at the time they want.
Forum. It is used mainly for the exchange of ideas, but also to achieve change. There are teachers who use this virtual tool to improve their teaching skills and even to improve their content.
Chat. It is used to achieve better communication between the institution and its students. It is very useful when creating work groups when a student is new and needs to quickly contact his tutor.
On-line tutorials. Ideal for resolving doubts.
Teaching guide. The student has written the guide of the contents that will be seen throughout the course for a better organization. Describe the objective of the course and the teacher’s grading points.
Calendar proposal. The calendar and reminders help the student not to miss the delivery of assignments, exam dates, etc.
In the case of platforms created for profit: increase in income.
Can GMOL Solutions create my educational platform?
Yes. In a world as globalized as the one we live in today, it is important to understand that the presence on the Internet is vital. If you are an expert in your profession and want to teach online classes Contact us and we will make it possible in no time.
If, on the other hand, you are an institution and you seek to create or improve your way of teaching, you are in the right place. We will make you the best option. We know that you already are, now we must let your future students know.
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