Virtual Classroom Software

Virtual classroom technology is part of the broader learning management software category. It provides individuals and organizations with conferencing and collaboration capabilities. As a result, instructors can directly interact with learners anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, while maximizing both time and location flexibility.

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Tovuti

Tovuti is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution designed to activate the potential of organizations through creating, delivering and tracking online training and education. The end-to-end solution gives users everything they need to...Read more

4.87 (77 reviews)

80 recommendations

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Docebo

Docebo’s LMS Suite is transforming the way enterprise and corporate customers increase speed to onboarding, development, enablement and customer education with ease and flexibility. Docebo’s learning solution is designed to meet t...Read more

4.20 (116 reviews)

70 recommendations

Graphy

Graphy (formerly Spayee) is an eLearning solution, which helps educational institutions create and sell online courses by launching websites, mobile applications and video platforms. It supports several payment gateways such as In...Read more

4.82 (136 reviews)

33 recommendations

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Mykademy

Mykademy is a learning management system designed for organizations. This technology enables the creation, marketing, selling, and delivery of courses online. With Mykademy, professionals and beginners within the education indus...Read more

4.83 (6 reviews)

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CANVAS

Canvas LMS from Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) specifically designed for K-5 on up through higher education institutions. Canvas LMS is a scalable platform that can be used by educational institution...Read more

4.53 (3083 reviews)

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GoTo Meeting

GoToMeeting is a video conferencing and collaboration software that can launch meetings from various locations such as email, Microsoft Office, and instant-messaging tools. The solution is suitable for businesses of all sizes and ...Read more

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Moodle

Open LMS leverages open-source software to deliver an effective and engaging online learning experience. As the largest commercial provider of highly curated, enhanced, SaaS-based versions of the world’s most widely used open-sour...Read more

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Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a cloud-based learning management system that is a part of Google Apps for Education. It is suitable for academic institutions only. Google Classroom enable students to access the platform from computers, ...Read more

GoTo Webinar

GoToWebinar is a webinar and webcast tool designed to help businesses of all sizes manage online conferences and engage with clients. The platform enables professionals to generate leads, train your team, onboard customers or info...Read more

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Zoho Meeting

Zoho Meeting is an online video conferencing solution suitable for single users as well as small to large-sized organizations. The solution can be used to host product launches, sales presentations, webinars, user education and on...Read more

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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BlueJeans

BlueJeans is a cloud-based video conferencing solution that helps mid to large size businesses with text chat, content sharing, multiple participants and meeting recording. Blue Jeans delivers services through products including B...Read more

TalentLMS

TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Designed to get a yes from everyone, its where great teams, and companies, go to grow. With an experience thats fully customizable and easy to manage, teams embrace training while f...Read more

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Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution designed primarily for elementary and high schools, higher education and government facilities. Blackboard Collaborate offers a browser-based web conferencin...Read more

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is an interactive learning management system (LMS) suitable for higher-education universities, K-12 schools, government and military programs, as well as large businesses in a variety of industries worldwide. ...Read more

Alma

Alma is a cloud-based school management solution catering to businesses of all sizes in the education industry. Core features assist users to manage school administration, generate custom reports, administer the enrollment and adm...Read more

Ventture

Ventture is a membership management software, which helps professional trainers build websites and offer online courses to members in a unified interface. The solution allows teams to create and edit content, attach files to the c...Read more

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Remo

Remo is a cloud-based conferencing platform designed to help businesses create a virtual workspace for remote and distributed teams and organize video calls. Features include team collaboration, whiteboarding, email reminders, scr...Read more

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BrainCert

With more than 8 years of experience in catering to the diverse requirements of the eLearning industry, we place ourselves before the eLearning industry as a comprehensive eLearning solutions provider offering a scalable unified t...Read more

Brightspace

Brightspace from D2L is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that helps K 12 institutes, higher educations and corporate organizations run both blended and fully online courses. Brightspace comprises of three integrated ...Read more

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Thinkific

Thinkific is a user-friendly online course creation platform that gives businesses total control over their online course vision. Key features include the first and only app store for course creation, intuitive drag and drop tools...Read more

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: May 20, 2022

 

Distance learning courses are a long-established tradition in education and training. Indeed, the University of London established its international program in 1858, making it the world’s oldest provider of distance and flexible learning.

Even so, seemingly unavoidable disadvantages have typically resulted in lower completion rates for distance learning than for in-person classes. Until the 21st century, there was no way to avoid the lack of direct interaction between student and teacher or the demoralizing effects of student isolation. Today, however, software has made it possible for distance learning to be conducted in real time and with a much more personal quality.

This guide will help prospective buyers learn more about virtual classroom software. In it, we’ll cover:

What is virtual classroom software?
Common features of virtual classroom software
Benefits of virtual classroom software
What type of buyer are you?
Recent developments you should know about

What is virtual classroom software?

Virtual classroom technology is part of the broader learning management (LMS) software category. It provides individuals and organizations with conferencing and collaboration capabilities necessary for virtual training or online learning. As a result, instructors can directly interact with learners anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, while maximizing both time and location flexibility.

Common features of virtual classroom software

Virtual classroom software can be used by educators as well as trainers at organizations with a large geographical reach, in order to bring the learning experience to students wherever they are located while reducing travel costs to zero. Buyers should expect to find the following functionality in their new system:

Audio-video streaming Instructors can interact directly, in real time, with groups of learners or individuals via streaming audio and video.
Interactive whiteboard Virtual whiteboards allow instructors to share information with students, and include the ability to add real-time annotations, text and highlighting. Learners can also be given access, so they can share their video stream or desktop with the class.
Chat Learners and instructors can interact via personal or group chat, rather than sit passively listening to lectures. Questions can be addressed directly in real time, and instructors can conduct quick tests.
Recording Instructors can record classes for playback by absent students. They can also use the audio-video recording functionality to prepare introductions to lessons.
Breakout rooms Instructors can break classes into smaller groups via virtual breakout rooms, where learners can collaborate to solve problems. Breakout rooms have their own chat, virtual whiteboard, and document-sharing capabilities.
Media streaming Enables instructors to play audio/video files using a built-in media player.
Attendance reporting Instructors can monitor attendance and send out notifications about upcoming classes to learners.
Polling Enables instructors to conduct quizzes and surveys during class, then assess learner comprehension by viewing the results in chart form.
File and screen sharing Instructors can share their desktop as well as multiple file types (PDFs, Word documents, etc.) with learners during class.

Benefits of virtual classroom software

Organizations that use a virtual classroom solution are able to:

  • Provide students with the flexibility of following and completing courses at their own pace.
  • Deliver education and training to students who are currently employed or whose scheduling commitments prevent them from attending in-person classes.
  • Expand the reach of their education to anywhere on the globe—so long as students have access to the Internet, they can attend an online class.
  • Reduce travel costs for instructors and learners to zero.

What type of buyer are you?

Virtual classroom technology can be used by individual tutors and organizations alike. Although marketing materials are often aimed at educational institutions, any organization with a large and dispersed workforce can benefit from using this technology for internal new-hire and personal development courses, as it eliminates the need for employees to travel for training.

That said, some solutions do cater specifically to higher or secondary ed, while others predominantly serve the corporate world. Meanwhile, some vendors offer different, specialized products for different types of buyers, while some products can be leveraged equally effectively by any type of organization.

What's most important when choosing a virtual classroom tool is finding a product with the features and functionality you need, regardless of the type of buyer it's marketed to most heavily.

Recent developments you should know about

Although some instructors still harbor doubts about remote learning and virtual classroom tools, they are becoming increasingly commonplace due to the many benefits they offer. Indeed, prestigious educational organizations are now using these tools.

For example, in August 2015, Harvard Business School demonstrated its confidence in virtual classroom technology by launching HBX Live: a virtual classroom capable of “seating” 60 students simultaneously. With this, students from around the world are able to log in and interact directly with faculty members teaching courses. Participants are displayed on individual screens, replicating the effect of sitting in a traditional classroom, while others can "audit" classes via an observer model.