Gone are the days of notebooks, pencils, and binders. Today’s students require laptops, tablets and reliable, high-speed Internetelearning access. Technology that was once commonplace in the boardroom via webinars and other virtual training methods is now becoming more prevalent in the classroom.

The virtual classroom strategy focuses on the implementation of a technology platform that can enable a highly interactive and collaborative learning environment while delivering any content, anytime, anywhere and to any device.

A virtual learning approach is an ideal strategy for colleges looking to attract students and offers an alternative to students who are facing skyrocketing tuition costs. As a result of this change in how education is delivered, it is predicted that the global e-learning market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.81% during the period 2016-2020.[1]

In order to support the advancements in virtual learning, FirstLight’s goal is to provide a scalable network solution that will provide its educational customers with the necessary infrastructure that enables the school to provide an optimal learning environment in a cost effective and successful manner, which allows the school to focus on important issues, such as enhancing the learning environment and improving graduation rates.

studentatdeskAdopting a virtual classroom allows teachers to create and edit content and then post that content for students to download to the device of their choice, such as a mobile phone or tablet. FirstLight is proud to be the fiber-based, high capacity backbone for many educational institutions located throughout the Northeast, empowering network technology advancements and addressing growing bandwidth needs. FirstLight offers a comprehensive portfolio of telecom solutions and a knowledgeable staff for K-12 districts, libraries, colleges and universities, supporting advanced voice/VoIP, multicast, video and distance learning applications for single and multi- site institutions.

With all of this positive change, it’s clear to see that this mode of learning will be the new normal and future generations are going to become accustomed to online learning and reaping the benefits it can provide.

As technology continues to rapidly evolve and change how our K-12 schools, and college and universities operate, FirstLight is here to help you adapt and stay ahead of the curve.

[1] http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160201005519/en/Global-E-learning-Market-2016-2020-Growth-17.81–