The virtual classroom uses the spatial browsing mode to show its content. Here, we move around and access various information using an interface that simulates a type of visual map, containing various interactive features that show different types of content. This simulation of an academic space is the virtual space for the theoretical content and various resources on film and the documentary genre. The visual metaphor used is the classroom and various associated objects. The decorative features refer to film and its history, literature, geography and education. The vacant desks and teacher's table invite users to learn and to teach.
This space contains various types of materials: from three bookshelves with theoretical content (definition, history, categories, reference books, important quotes, etc. from the documentary genre in general) to an extensive bibliography available on the Internet and photographs illustrating each historical period, bibliographical references, and an extensive range of resources such as a calendar and map giving details of the location and dates of the most important festivals in this genre, producers and distributors, courses and training, etc. In short, it is a directory of resources and information ordered by categories and fully downloadable by users.
From the point of view of interaction, a form with defined fields enables users to leave their impressions, which are stored in a visitors' book. Some comments in the visitors' book are proposed as themes for an open discussion forum on the meta-documentary. The visitors' book and blog comments will therefore be work in progress i.e. in this part, the main objective is to show the content and theoretical knowledge, but it is also an area for interaction with the user, who becomes a student-teacher in the virtual classroom. This will feature the option of contributing content, contributing knowledge and interacting with other users, using the tools described above.