Taking online teaching techniques into the classroom

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Taking online teaching techniques into the classroom

Below are some techniques to make teaching effective and engaging for learners.

Online teaching requires a different approach than teaching in a classroom. Teachers have limited time for their instructions to the students. Without face to face interaction, the online instructors may experience difficulty to adopt for a different style of teaching.

As per the current global scenario, the future of education seems to be based more on distance learning. Below are some techniques to make teaching effective and engaging for learners:

Ensure course material to be more logical and well organized

The course structure should be coherent and sensible. It is advisable to draw a layout of the lesson in advance and stick to it while taking online lessons. Prepare yourself for the unique learning style of different learners and establish your presence in a virtual class. Describe to the students what the course is about and what you expect students will learn.

Be available

Remember that - ‘High touch is more important than high tech’. Encourage your students to call for immediate advice. If a student is in a dilemma and needs some help, tell them when you will be visible or available on the telephone. Be engaged with students through online posts, forums, or social media, thus passing the information that you value a student’s engagement.

Find the right tools for a virtual classroom

Technology for a virtual classroom is new to everyone. Take time to familiarize yourself with gadgets used in most Indian High Schools in Dubai.

Video Conferencing Tools: Video applications like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc., are a primary source for live video streaming.

Note-taking tools: Just like students, teachers also have to remember what they have already covered or what next, they have to teach. A note-taking device like Otter.ai can record all notes required during a live session.

Learning Management Systems (LMS): The above features can be combined into one program through LMS. Platforms like Blackboard and Google Classroom facilitates teacher to assign homework, track progress, provide feedback more efficiently.

Do not Lecture

Make students more comfortable with a little playful teaching methodology, as online classrooms may be monotonous. Surprise students with a quick video clip, or plugging in a story, or a little humor, to live up the lessons. Use online resources to make your teaching fancier and more engaged.

Promote Self-Learning

Promoting self-learning in a controlled environment is yet another concept for effective online teaching. Encourage the students to explore subject online. Based on their preferences, let them decide what aspects are more important and relevant to them. Let them enjoy the autonomy of learning in a controlled atmosphere.

Expect the unexpected

Remember to have a backup plan for assignments in case of technology failure. Remain flexible and outline the actions for the students if they fail to submit assignments due to some technical issue.

Conclusion

Prepare the learning contents easily accessible via smartphones, laptops, and other gadgets to maximize the outputs from a student. Work to create a more positive learning environment for the students to help them become good online learners.