In these days of artificial intelligence and nanobots, virtual education is the latest advent in the field of education. Gone are the days when students used to sit in a class all day long listening to the professors go on and on about egyptian civilization while wondering all the time what the inside of a pyramid looked like. Virtual education aims at educating a person through electronic means i.e., instant messaging, email, video conferencing, multi-media resources, etc especially when the student and the teacher are separated by a considerable distance.
Education happens when there are two people, one who teaches and one who wants to learn. The concept of virtual education focuses on that. The course material is divided up and with the aid of visual aids, diagrams, projections, sketches, etc the process of learning becomes an enjoyable process. The important thing is that the student and teacher can both stay at their respective homes and still interact with each other. For all we know, they might be in opposite corners of the world!
Virtual education may be paced synchronously or according to the pace of the student. There is an efficient feedback system so that the teacher can know what all the student has grasped.
The use of technology in this type of education enhances the ideas of the student regarding the actual view of an object/concept. The visual and audio aids help in clarifying the doubts and also build a strong foundation of the concepts.
Even though this system of learning aims at improving a student’s overall concepts, still it also tests the student’s self-discipline and motivation both of which are very important for a systematic manner of learning. Therefore, it can be mentioned here that students who are thirsty for knowledge, living in underdeveloped countries and cannot afford to attend their choice of school, can use this method to get educated by their favorite professors minus all the stress and investments.