How to Set Up Your Own Virtual Classroom

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Virtual classrooms are websites that are produced by teachers and used by students. Virtual classrooms are not only used as a classroom outside of the classroom, but also used as a place where students can interact, get feedback on projects and stay on task with assignments and examinations. Virtual classrooms are used by various educators, including high school teachers, university professors and community night class teachers.

1 Contact your faculty or department

Contact your faculty or department to inquire about virtual classrooms. It is possible that your school or institution has a server set aside for virtual classroom and you simply need to register for it. This is becoming more and more common for schools and institutions of various types.

2 Register your name as an administrator

Register your name as an administrator. This will allow you to add several virtual classrooms online, so you can manage more classes online. Register with a username and a password.

3 Add a course to get started

Add a course to get started. Start your virtual classroom by giving it a recognizable name, so your students can easily find it. For example, “Level 5 Math 2010” or “Mrs. C’s Level 5 Math."

4 Fill out any required sections

Fill out any required sections, such as dates for the semester, your name and the class name. Submit the required sections before continuing.

5 Select the interactive parts

Select the interactive parts your virtual classroom will have. This can include a discussion board and a chat room, where students can interact with one another, talking about projects, assignments, ideas and study together for exams. If you decide to do this, write a “terms of use” contract that students need to read to avoid cyber bullying.

6 Add a calendar to the virtual classroom

Add a calendar to the virtual classroom, so students can keep track of assignment deadlines and project presentations.

7 Add relevant handouts

Add relevant handouts, presentations, curriculum list, reading lists and assignments to the virtual classroom. Students should be able to find relevant material to the course online, but should not be given class notes, as students should be motivated to go to the classes.

8 Provide your students

Provide your students with the virtual classroom name and a username and password for them, should it be required. Students may have to use their student number and self-made passwords, if the virtual class room is used at university level.

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.