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Hear from our faculty: How virtual classrooms offer an on-campus experience 


Virtual classrooms and physical classrooms may seem worlds apart, but the trust is that they share several similarities. While you may think that virtual classrooms are boring and demotivating, we’re here to prove you wrong. In this blog, we give you a glimpse of how virtual classrooms and physical classrooms share several similarities. Hear from our very own expert faculty members. 

Similarity 1: Imparting education & knowledge 

At the heart of both virtual and physical classrooms lies the focal point of knowledge dissemination. In both settings, educators strive to impart information, foster critical thinking, and cultivate a deep understanding of the subject matter. The core purpose remains constant: to facilitate learning and equip students with the skills they need to thrive in their academic and professional journeys.  

CS Arpita Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Commerce  

“Virtual classrooms and physical classrooms share several similarities despite the difference in the mode of delivery. The primary goal is to share educational content with learners. Also, interaction and engagement are essential for effective learning, so the objective is to engage learners more effectively through discussions, quizzes, assignments- which are part of traditional classrooms as well.” 

Similarity 2: Interactive classrooms 

Interaction, a crucial aspect of effective learning, thrives in both realms. While the means may differ—physical interaction in a traditional classroom versus digital engagement in a virtual setting—the essence remains unchanged. Students in a virtual classroom may not share the same physical space, but they actively participate in discussions, collaborate on projects, and engage in peer-to-peer learning, mirroring the dynamics of a physical classroom. 

Dr Antima Sharma, Assistant Professor, Commerce 

“Virtual classrooms and physical classrooms are designed to deliver certain learning objectives, followed by a defined curriculum. In physical classrooms, teachers interact with learners face-to-face, while in virtual classrooms, we use discussion forums, assignments, interactive learning content, and other tools to keep learners engaged.” 

Similarity 3: Curriculum to exams, everything is same 

Both virtual and physical classrooms adhere to structured lesson plans, learning objectives, and assessments designed to measure understanding and progress. The online examination process is also very similar to offline exams, and in fact, more proctored and can be taken at flexibility timings. 

Mr Abhishek Pandey, Assistant Professor, Computer Applications 

“Physical classrooms and virtual classrooms share fundamental similarities in terms of curriculum structure, peer-to-peer engagement, faculty interaction, assessments & assignments, and online examinations. Online classrooms and physical classrooms ensure fundamental development of a learner.” 

Similarity 4: Acquiring a diverse skillset 

Even in virtual classrooms, learners gain essential skills required to excel in the job market. From leadership, communication, teamwork, and other technical skills, learners are exposed to real-world situations, allowing them to become skilled professionals.  

Dr Durgesh Batra, Associate Professor, Management 

“Online education always focusses on the learning outcomes, achievement of those outcomes, industry-relevant curriculum, enhancement of professional and practical skills- all of which is offered by offline learning as well. However, online education focuses on self-education, self-paced learning, and self-discipline.” 


Nowadays, virtual classrooms, with the advent of technology, have become engaging and interactive on multiple levels. Students are exposed to diverse classrooms, they can study at their own pace, earn while they learn, build their professional network and ultimately graduate with a degree that holds the same value as a traditional on-campus degree.  


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