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E-Learning and Virtual Classrooms vs. Remote Attendance

E-Learning and Virtual Classrooms vs. Remote Attendance

This article will explain how HOTT’s Remote Attendance option overcomes the shortcomings of e-learning and virtual classrooms in order to provide an effective and enjoyable classroom learning experience.

Remote Attendance

HOTT’s Remote Attendance option allows students to participate in a live training event with the benefits of social interaction (which boosts achievement during class and retention after class), real-time instructor facilitation, and the opportunity to ask questions – but without spending the time and money required to travel to distant training sites. These advantages make it a superior training choice in comparison to other online methods such as e-learning, webinars and other virtual online training events.


E-Learning can be used to provide training for simple subjects or tasks, but is not nearly as effective when it comes to more complex topics. If a student is struggling to understand a concept or has questions during a lesson, there is no instructor readily available to assist them. Because of this, exercises have to be designed to be either overly simplistic or consist of step-by-step instructions that tells student every single thing that needs to be done, which doesn't develop critical thinking skills. The lack of social interactions and group discussions not only creates a dull learning environment, but also decreases the ability of students to retain what they learn.

HOTT's Remote Attendance option offers significant advantages in comparison to E-Learning. Real time instructor facilitation allows the opportunity for students to ask questions or elaborate on complex subjects during class. HOTT also provides a structured environment and live facilitation of hands-on practice, which virtually guarantees completion and keeps students interested in the course. Lastly, the classes involve social interaction and interactive discussions, which improves class performance and learning retention.

Virtual Classrooms

Virtual classrooms provide instruction through presentation slides shared on the students' computer screens and sometimes a live video feed of the instructor himself. During the lab portions of class, students complete hands-on exercises on their own and can ask the instructor for assistance if necessary. The instructor is able to see the student's lab machine screen and in some cases even control it in order to provide assistance. However, social interaction between students themselves is lackluster and students begin to lose interest during class due to dry, largely canned, non-interactive presentations.

HOTT's Remote Attendance option solves the problems of virtual classrooms by connecting to a live classroom with a mix of in-person and remote students. This makes social interaction easy and natural, with remote attendees benefiting from the discussion of live questions, alternative exercise solutions, and insights from seminar participants. Like the in-person students, remote attendees have the same ability to guide discussions and ask questions during class. One of the major differences between HOTT and competitors is that HOTT does not use online PowerPoint slides in its classes. Instead, HOTT ships a hardcopy of professionally bound courseware to every student, which allows them to highlight important points, add notes, and use as a reference. HOTT also provides dynamic video capability that allows students to control a camera in the classroom, which is absent from virtual classroom presentations. Students are also able to share their video feeds and to connect to each others' lab machines to work on lab exercises. This allows remote students to work with each other like in the physical classroom if desired. The experience has been characterized by attendees as rather like sitting in a back row of the live class.

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