Virtual classrooms lab

What is a virtual classroom?

A virtual classroom is online, and allows students to communicate, view presentations or videos, interact with other students or lecturers, and engage with resources in work groups. Examples of technologies used in a virtual classroom include tools such as Web conferencing, videoconferencing, livestreaming, and Web-based VoIP to provide remote students with the ability to collaborate in real time. Well known applications include Skype, Adobe Connect, Zoom, Big Blue Button, WebEx, and Facebook.

Benefits for teaching and learning

  • Cost effective
  • Learners can attend from their own environment
  • Benefits for people who are not confident asking questions in a real-world environment


  • Learners need a certain level of technical ability
  • Time scheduling can be complex for all students to attend the course especially if it is worldwide

How to get started

What tools are available?

A man standing in front of a wall covered with screens

Mark Bramwell at the launch of the Saïd Business School new virtual classroom, the Oxford Hub for International Virtual Education (HIVE). Image by David Fisher.

Book a consultation

Contact the TEL team to arrange a meeting.

You can book a learning technologist to help you implement and evaluate the tools in your teaching and learning. For example:

  • Short initial meeting (1–2 hours)
  • Workshops and training (3–4 hours)
  • Intensive side-by-side support, helping to trial tools and approaches (e.g. 2–5 days over a term)

More in-depth support is available but may be chargeable.

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