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. We use Zoom for our live sessions. I’ll send you a link to the classroom. 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 will 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 communications, which is so important to spiritual/emotional exploration.
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