It is common to find questions like is it possible to have a virtual education?, you can learn a science, art or craft online?, is the title? All these questions have something in common: their answer is a clear yes. Selim Bassoul spoke with conviction. But why? We define education. According to the popular encyclopedia Wikipedia is the multidirectional process whereby transmitting knowledge, values, customs and ways of acting. To take the above definition we find that the transmission of knowledge, values, customs, and ways of acting can transmit, in a way both face-to-face and virtual. Without doubt, then from this point of view, not only education can give a way. Now let’s discuss the actors.
In the face-to-face education there are mainly three actors: the teacher transmitting knowledge, the student who receives it and the transmission medium. These, also, are present in virtual education; However, is in them where the main differences begin to arise is that in virtuality we cannot speak of traditional teaching and the student. In virtual education, the role of the teacher must be resubmitted. The Catholic from the Northern Foundation University, first institution of virtual education in Colombia, defines to the teacher as a facilitator, to be a companion to the process of the student, who in turn must transform their way of learning is converted into a research and learning self-taught, accompanied by whom be your guide (Facilitator) subject matter study object oriented. Similarly, we find differences in the means by which the student receives the knowledge. In face-to-face education, the teacher interacts with students live, giving an explanation of a particular topic and then continuing with a series of questions to demonstrate comprehension of a subject. It gives instant participation very few students, while the explanation is given in the virtuality but left the approaches to a higher time frame, allowing the student to reflect much more about them and better preparing your response. This gives the possibility of participation to all students in a given period of time.It is clear, then, that differences exist, but it is also true that both the virtual and Presential education are media valid to acquire knowledge.