For every educator, the decision to use online teaching comes with a lot of apprehensions about the efficacy of online education and how to work through this new technology. Fear of failing, not been able to connect with the audience, video quality, uneasiness with the online tools, etc. creates inhibitions towards e-learning. All these fears are quite natural and every educator grapples with them irrespective of teaching experience. However, with a well thought-out strategy to achieve end goals and lots of patience, online teaching could become extremely effective & satisfying for the educators.
Some relevant online teaching tips that could help educators to acclimatize better with this new way of disseminating information are briefly discussed below.
Plan for Initial Hiccups
It takes time to grasp new tools & functions and aligning content systematically may take substantial amount of time. During these first few days things might look hopelessly chaotic and you & your students would pretty much spend most of your time getting acquainted with the online resources. We through our online & technical support for educators & institutes, try to make this platform transition as smooth as possible. With the help of virtual classroom management system, Association for Information Systems (AIS) kit, and course management service, LearnwithGuru ensures that educators don't get entangled with the technology but concentrate on the thing that they do best i.e. teaching.
Grab & Hold Attention
It's difficult to replicate the same classroom environment while disseminating content online. It inevitably boils down to the content represented as it's the only reason why students have come to you in the first place itself; but to create curiosity and interest, educators need to do something more than just plain off-load of content. Occasional webinars and creating threads on discussion boards related to difficult topics are quite useful in engaging students on a wider platform. A good mix of multimedia content, notes, fun facts, quizzes with leaderboards, etc. help in keeping the interest level of students high.
One important thing missing from e-learning is instant feedback which is an important part of any type of learning. Hence, making sure that you connect with your audience in a perpetual manner eliminates the feeling of isolated teaching. It is imperative to engage with students on a regular basis so as to answer their doubts and for fostering discussion among them related to the content distributed. This helps in creating a viable environment for interactive learning that in many ways mirrors the live classroom settings.
It's often seen that students skip many topics or get way behind on the learning material while going for online learning. To keep them abreast with the progress of the course, provide how many study hours must be spent in completing a particular topic and gauge progress of student through online mock tests on these topics. Designing a schedule-based program allows students to learn time management and allocate appropriate amount of time to every topic.
Connecting with the Audience
To be able to connect with the students on a personal level, many educators tend to share their student-life and teaching experiences so as to relate with the current situation of their students. Off-topic discussions through forums & boards related to common problems faced by students and sharing own experiences help to enliven the teacher-student engagement. Though not necessary, such interactions create a positive effect which makes online engagement more real & enriching.