Teaching in a classroom is entirely different from online classrooms. On an online platform, it takes skills of hosting the class as well as holding their attention. A teacher who has never taught online classes will definitely find the online teaching framework hard.
However, online education comes with multiple teaching aids. For instance, handbook preparations for students are much easier online in comparison to other conventional methods. In addition, there are multiple applications available that provide assignment sheets based on class and subjects. These assignment sheets require minor tweaks or, sometimes, no change at all.
The recent development in the education industry is pointing towards online teaching culture. People who aren’t familiar should keep an open mind and embrace the change.
A teacher who was habitual to offline teaching recently shifted to an online framework.
Here are the major takeaways underlined during the transition:
1. Transitioning is hard
Online teaching has multiple aspects. Out of all, a major feature is executing an online class. The skill of teaching an online class is entirely different from offline. The impact of physical presence needs to be replaced by effective techniques such as lively conversations, riddles, fascinating facts, or others.
[su_note note_color=”#c0cfb2″ text_color=”#0d0b0a”] Tip: Divide the class into a series of online quizzes based on the topic. These quizzes can be scheduled within 10-15 mins of teaching or even less.[/su_note]
2. Durations plays a vital role
Planning the class beforehand is an effective tool of online teaching. Unlike the physical classroom, random things often backfire, and students tend to lose attention. Therefore, it is best to plan the class and add fun activities to keep the students engaged to avoid such scenarios. In case the class is of longer duration, it is best to add multiple fun breaks.
[su_note note_color=”#c0cfb2″ text_color=”#0d0b0a”] Tip: if possible, try compromise duration. If not, add videos, quizzes, riddles, or other activities to keep the class engaged.[/su_note]
3. Engagement is the key
All subjects can’t be taught with a high engagement quotient. Subjects like science and maths are engaging by nature but what to do when it is time for history or related subjects.
The subjects that carry less scope of engagement activities, then videos come into the picture. Online education has multiple perks. Adding videos to improve student engagement is one of them.
[su_note note_color=”#c0cfb2″ text_color=”#0d0b0a”] Tip: Discuss with the class about the video and ask their observations too. Creating a conversation atmosphere in a live class is tough but not unachievable.[/su_note]
4. Answer all the queries written/ verbal
The teacher has the undying responsibility of solving students’ queries. Physical platforms often lack mediums wherein the students can jot down their queries and get an absolute reply from the teacher.
However, the online framework has options for voice as well as text boxes. These questions can be raised while the class is functional or could be left for teachers’ discretion.
Teachers should make sure that they have resolved all the queries before commencing the next class.
[su_note note_color=”#c0cfb2″ text_color=”#0d0b0a”] Tip: Create custom answers for frequently asked questions to keep your answering process quick and absolute.[/su_note]
5. Conduct Brainstorming Sessions
Sending feedback in an online class could be a hassle. Therefore, it is highly recommended that we conduct feedback sessions and discuss the fall-off.
This could be one of the brainstorming sessions wherein students can pour in their queries, and the teacher can immediately resolve them. Research suggests that brainstorming sessions improve the concentration level of the student.
[su_note note_color=”#c0cfb2″ text_color=”#0d0b0a”] Tip: People conducting these sessions have reported that they have an improved relationship with the class. The students who find public speaking difficult are recommended to push forward for better participation.[/su_note]
The future in the education industry is on the shoulders of online frameworks. The physical and online structure of teaching is likely to go hand in hand. Furthermore, there could be a few more developments wherein teachers would find more aids to simplify teaching. Students will also get some simplified versions of learning and storing. There are platforms that already allow saving and rewatching videos.
The teachers who have never tried teaching an online class must start honing their skills. It is an unavoidable advancement in the field without which you can’t excel or strive in the industry. Parents should also keep an open mind regarding the online framework for better education at economic rates.