Be it a Diploma, professional course, online high school, or a course to learn a foreign language; e-learning has been creating the hype, particularly during the times of Covid-19. The ease of access to several national and international institutes and the variety of online courses available are altogether making e-learning worth the popularity it is getting. The closure of educational institutes as the result of Covid-19 has led even the regular colleges to continue their classes via online platforms. Since not everyone is accustomed to this or has experience of using it, here are some tips for teachers to make e-learning more effective and seamless for the students:
Being the instructor, you must know the basics of how online learning platforms work so that you can assist students in the creation of a peaceful and productive online classroom. There is a possibility that many students won't be aware of how to use specific online tools such as making or submitting assignments; therefore, they will need your help. Even if you cannot assist them adequately make sure to share with them some helpful tutorials.
Make Some Room for Flexibility:
Since everybody is using the internet these days, you will come across lots of issues relating to internet speed or the platform you are using being busy. A lot of the technical problems can hinder your scheduled timetable. Keep this thing in mind that the situation is equally painful for you and your students. Even if things are working out well for you, they might not be that easy for your students. Make some room for flexibility. If your students require an additional day for submission of the assignment, do facilitate them. Keeping things easier will help students to learn with peace of mind.
Make sure to create and provide a vivid outline of everything that you will be teaching throughout the whole session beforehand so your students can start studying accordingly and be mentally ready for the online quizzes and assignments. Having a defined structure will help them keep up with the pace of online sessions.
Share Multiple Resources:
One of the significant benefits of e-learning includes access to multiple learning resources. Therefore, you can share with your students' different e-books, articles, or video tutorials to help them learn more conveniently about the topics relevant to the subject. Giving them access to multiple learning resources will make e-learning more effective for them.
Make Strong Digital Presence:
To keep the correctness of the classroom intact online, you must maintain a robust digital presence in the virtual classroom. It would be preferable for you to opt for a video call so that students can see and understand what is being taught more clearly. This would be an engaging and interactive learning process, and students will not get bored or lose track, they will be able to stay focused. Moreover, ask questions during the lectures so students remain engaged.
Choosing the Right Platform:
If you are not constrained by your institute to use a specific online learning platform, then you must pick the right one by yourself. Make sure that it is freely available for everyone and easy to use because not everyone has a natural understanding of online learning and navigation.
Add Humor to Your Lectures:
Online lectures can be tiresome for you and the students. To kill the boredom, add humor to your conversation. You can share some funny incident that has happened to you recently or can ask them to share something strange. Moreover, you can arrange some fun activities at the end or in the middle of the lecture to keep them engaged. If you are teaching them through slides, you can work on creating some creative ones which will make the topic interesting for them. There are so many ways in which you can make your online session engaging, interactive, and useful.
Do your research and prepare your lecture before you come to the class. Having a clear outline of what has to be taught and how it can be shown reduces the chances of time wastage.
To sum up:
Being a teacher has put you in a tight spot. The responsibility to make the virtual classroom a near to reality experience for the students falls on your part. Set your best intentions and put steps in place to ensure seamless and active learning for your students.