7 Tips to effectively deliver knowledge when moving class online
For the time being, trying to keep up with the normal basis as much as possible does matter to our lives. However, there are changes we must accept and not all changes are bad. The more adaptable we are, the stronger we become. This applies to all fields, including education. We can’t deny that face-to-face learning is more effective and powerful than remote teaching. But still, these tips below can help you advance your distance teach-from-home to deliver knowledge more effectively to your students.
1. First thing first, inspire your students to attend online classes
Well, this could be the biggest issue in the process: to start. Staying home, surround themselves with various kinds of interesting entertainment, it sounds like heaven for students. To solve this, you have to inspire them to learn. Create a close relationship with your students by texting them and checking up on them on a daily basis. Remember to treat them with care and kindness, nearly as a friend, to build a good mood and encourage them to join the online classes.
And maintain that caring relationship throughout the course
This is as important as inspiring them to start. Online teaching is more difficult, so is distance learning. Students can easily get distracted at home, or they can get discouraged if the course is not delivered well. When providing new information, it’s recommended that you describe and explain more carefully, even repeat in case some students misheard.
2. Private consultation
is an excellent idea because sometimes, spending time on online classes is not enough. Detailed, personalized instructions should be given to students for the best performance. You could also provide comments and recommendations on their homework and examinations for students’ improvements, along with linking to your lecture to help them reflect on the knowledge.
This special time requires teachers to act more than they usually do, psychological support being said. Delivering knowledge sometimes doesn’t stop at teaching, giving homework, etc but it also involves helping students mentally and that could be more powerful in this time than ever. A global pandemic resulting in a social distancing period of time causes anxiety and worry as many studies show, especially young people. They are energetic and active, so staying home for a long time is torture to them. From your interactions with the students, notice if any of them have signs of unstable psychosocial and talk to them regularly. Guide them to well-being support services if they show serious psychosocial issues.
3. Prepare, prepare, and prepare
That’s right, prepare. Building structure for online teaching consumes a large amount of time even though the class duration is still the same. Upload your presentation in advance so that if any internet problem occurs, students can still follow the process. When teaching, focus more on the key points, not-so-important information can be given as extra resources. Provide more after-class reading materials for students to read at home.
Notes: always check your internet connection, camera, and microphone beforehand.
There are various apps that help distance teaching more effectively, such as Thinglink or Kaltura.
While Thinglink offer tools for teachers to create interactive media resources, Kaltura provides various integrated options for learning management systems.
4. Game up
Who says remote teaching can’t be fun?
In preparing the lesson plan, why don’t add some activities to make online learning interesting? Young people love fun and they could memorize the information longer than documents and files. You can start in a traditional way: ask more questions to communicate with students. From there, encourage them to engage with their classmates by forming groups to play games, solve quizzes… The famous Kahoot is a perfect choice for this approach.
For hard-to-explain topics, utilize the learning software and resources to make learning easier. For instance, MindNode is an app built to visualize mind maps and brainstorm ideas on smart devices.
The animation is also a wonderful choice to deliver the knowledge effectively. Instead of long, intricate textbooks, which can’t be fully taught in an online class, this 38-seconds animated video works well:
One of the missing parts of remote learning is that students can’t enjoy extracurricular activities at university. However, teachers can organize or they can instruct clubs to host the online version of these programs on social media to invite engagement.
5. Focus on the opportunity of the online era
See this hard time as a transition phase into a fully integrated online age, where everything can be done remotely and encourage your students to prepare for that time by learning from the experience of this social distancing. Observe from current real-life situations, discuss with them and provide solutions for advancement, that’s one step ahead.
Only talking is not enough, you should facilitate for application into the education. Instead of requiring students to plan an advertising campaign for the end-of-semester exam, how about specifically address that the project has to be online thoroughly, not just an integrated model like before?
6. Refresh with team teaching
Team teaching is a broad term, which includes multiple types of teaching with more than one teacher. But the most common one is to invite guest speakers, in the same or different fields to provide a broader base of examples, more perspective on the same topic and different approaches to an issue. Guest speakers also bring their stories, experiences for a new angle of life vision.
Remote teaching facilitates guest speakers from faraway places, even different countries, to join online classes. Distance is no longer a difficulty.
7. Build a suitable timetable
Flexibility benefits both teachers and students. A scientifically-based timetable will make learning much better. While memorize-required subjects are recommended in the morning, when our minds are energetic, calculation and research should be studied in the afternoon. However, remember to avoid lunchtime, dinnertime for students to spend time with their families, the activities they often miss when they had to attend lectures.
Being flexible and welcome to rapid changes are good characteristics of teachers in this fast-changing world. When conducting online learning classes, be open to new opportunities helps us overcome this difficult time and move forward to a brighter era.
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