Virtual Learning Environments

Teaching Online


Imagine trying to teach a class in the middle of a busy café! What are some of the things that might affect the quality of the lesson? Are there any possible solutions to these problems? 


LMS are like the walls and floors of a building. It serves as the space where classes or course content is stored and then accessed by students. There are many different types of LMS out there such as Moodle, Canvas, and Edmodo and some can be quite sophisticated with many different features such as quizzes and grading tools.

The components of a VLE

Should physical space be considered?

What does it take to teach a lesson online? Did you know that there are a number of FREE options available to use right away? Let's explore some of these options.

Online teaching is conducted virtually, however, it doesn't mean that the physical space has no effect on the delivery.  Physical space is referred to as the location and surrounding environment where people are using their device to log into their online class. In an ideal world, everyone would have their own private, well-lit room with a big desk, high tech device, and fast internet connection. In reality, there will most likely be all sorts of compromises to make. Some problems like having to use a dark room can be solved with brigther lamps or a high quality webcam while others like loud noise or people moving around in the background can be more difficult to handle. It's also important to consider the nature of the online course and determine the essential and non-essential elements that affect teaching and learning. For instance, syncronous classes require real-time webconferencing which means the quietness and privateness of physical space is an important consideration. Another way of doing online lessons is asyncronously, meaning all work can be completed without any live sessions—therefore time and location isn't all that essential to teaching and learning but then self-motivation and time management become key factors.  Either way, it's important to have some kind of understanding of the minimum requires of the online class in order to select the most appropriate approach and selecting the best physical space for the online class.


Communications software are like the telephones and cable lines that connect people with one another though applications such as Zoom, WebEx, and Skype. Nowadays, several of these types of applications are being updated with more useful teaching functions such as whiteboards, screen sharing. and breakout rooms.

Tools and applications are like the activities which make learning more exciting and efficient. These applications allow teachers and students to engage in the courses and can be anything from content creation to presentations, interactive activities to video games, and so on. Popular apps include Google Drive, Kahoot!, and ClassDojo.  

Author: Shua Her

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2020 (6:53pm)

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Interested in learning how you can get started with your own VLE? Check this online guide to learn how.