About Virtual Classroom

How Does the Virtual Classroom Work?

New Vista’s classes are interactive real-time online classes.  We use video cameras so we can see all the participants who wish to activate their cameras. Seeing each other is crucial to spiritual and emotional expansion as a group.  We can talk with each other, and break into small groups: a perfect venue for establishing an environment of trust, which is essential for spiritual growth. We pray and meditate together, too.

I firmly believe that retention and assimilation of the material correlates directly with the student’s level of participation and engagement. With that in mind, I vary my modes of teaching and facilitating. I offer ideas and theories in short paragraphs, then ask for open discussion. I welcome your use of the chat box while I’m talking: it helps me tune into what you want to learn. We break into small groups for short discussions.

Students are very happy  to learn in this environment: ” I was hesitant about this since I’m not a techie. But it’s really easy and such a great learning environment!”  

“It’s so much better than the typical online class because it’s so personal!”  

“We really create community together, even though we’re many miles apart!”  

“I’m beginning to look forward to these classes every week! I’m definitely going to sign up for another course!” 

To fully participate, you’ll need internet connection. The faster the bandwidth, the better your reception and transmission.  You will also need a video camera and microphone on your computer.(they come standard in most of today’s computers.)

When you register, PayPal will send me a notice. Within 24 hours, I’ll  send you a welcome letter, the syllabus to the class and instructions about “eLecta Live” login. within 24 hours before the class begins, I’ll send you a link to the classroom. You should go there earlier than the scheduled class to download a plugin. (It’s very easy to do this and you only have to do it once.)   Log in ten minutes before each class so you can activate your video camera and microphone.  Your face and shoulders will show up in a little box on everybody’s screen, so you might want to wear a shirt and comb your hair!)

When you log in, I eLecta Live long photowill be there to welcome you into the classroom and make sure we can see and hear each other. Once we’re all in, we’ll begin with a centering prayer, just like we would in any Unity class.  We can share through open microphone or through the chat box. Sometimes we break into small groups, or watch a video together, take a tour of another website.  I always have some PowerPoint slides to add to the visual learning experience. The platform is perfect for our type of learning: audio/video contact with each other helps us see non-verbal Member_bluecommunications, which is so important to spiritual/emotional exploration.

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15 thoughts on “About Virtual Classroom

  1. Hi Pat, I would very much enjoy this but have a standing Thursday commitment from 6:30-10 PM. so cannot be involved in anything live during these hours. Is this recorded and made into a CD or DVD? I would be happy to purchase it. I’m a retired Unity Spiritual Leader (71) and love to stay fresh and active in my thoughts. Any suggestions? Thanks, Joyce

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    1. Thanks for asking, Rev. Joyce. I would love to serve you in this way! Of course, I offer classes on other nights as well. So you might look into the Monday of weekend classes. I have not yet considered making the courses into a CD or DVD. That would involve a much different type of teaching. My courses are very interactive, discussion-type learning. I believe that adults in a group teach each other. In other words, it isn’t a one-way or top-down interaction when I teach. Each session can be recorded, however, and , along with the PowerPoint slides that I share, someone could do a self-study of the course. I’ll consider this as an alternative and get back to you on that, if you’ll send your email address to newvistaunity@gmail.com. I also send out a e-newsletter, which you could subscribe to by email.

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  2. Is there a way, that I can test out my pc to ensure that it will work with virtual class. I do not want to pay and not be able to see the class. Software on machines can have a mind of their own and I would like to see, if my machine and its software will work…if not I can start now to resolve. thanks for the consideration

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  3. Pat, I just registered for Metaphysics 2. I cannot find this class on Unity’s website. Sorry for the hassle but is it possible to send link.
    thanks,
    Karen

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  4. Hi! My name is Stacey Warner and I have sign up for Development of the Unity Movement starting today and I do not have the link to down load the webinar plug in. I can’t wait to start!!

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    1. Hi, Stacey. Thanks for registering for the course. I understand that this is confusing, but there are two places where you need to register. You registered at Unity Institute, which is where you register to earn credit for the course, toward LUT or pre-seminary. But you also need to register with me, at this site. When you do, I’ll send you the welcome packet, which includes instructions on how to enter the virtual classroom as well as the syllabus. Go to the tab labeled “Unity SEE Classes” at this site an register with PayPal. I’ll respond ASAP.

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  5. Rev Pat, I need to have you please resend the email that contained the coursework assignments for class. I can not seem to find the email with the attachments in my email for some reason. Thank you so much!

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  6. Hallo,

    i have done a renarration about the Gospel and the live of Jesus without myth. Same way than Jesus can be a men like you and me. The gospel is, that love is god. Love is our creater and he is the embodiment of this love. He is not a Whodini and the wonders are pictures and peoms, that can tell us much more inside of our mind. I like your picture from the quiet praying Jesus on your Homepage and woud ask you: Can I use this picture for the cover from my book “Der Gesalbte”?

    friedly Volker Wirths

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    1. I love this picture, too! Most pictures I’ve seen of Jesus’ style of prayer show Jesus begging for mercy. My image of Jesus is an enlightened master, who sit in meditation as peacefully as does the Buddha.
      That being said, I am not the person to give you permission. In fact, I found the picture in a Google search and did not obtain permission to use it on my site. In a similar search today, I was unable to find the picture again, except under my web address.

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