Many of us are made to migrate our teaching swiftly on the internet. Take a big breath; this is a new way of learning and, obviously, very futuristic. Different forms of interactions with students are required while teaching online. We’ve broken down what works into nine research-backed methods that will help you and your students succeed in your journey to teach online better.
Take a dip in the technology.
Allow yourself an hour to become acquainted with the different technologies. Most schools and intuitions are constantly providing supplementary training. Please take advantage of these and try new apps and websites to enjoy their benefits better while teaching online. Also, make it clear to pupils where they should go for technical assistance (good digital technologies will have support services). Make contact information easily accessible, and be ready to lead them there if they approach you.
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Technology will fail, whether it’s a video conference that won’t connect or assignment and resource links that won’t work. Prepare a backup plan for all technology-dependent assignments and evaluations. Be open and honest with your kids regarding technology failure. Put a policy in place, for example, that defines what students should do if they cannot submit assignments due to technical difficulties. Finally, to save time, don’t be afraid to resolve technical issues in real-time, such as during synchronous discussions or real-time collaborative activities.
Establish and sustain a powerful presence
Send a video greeting to all students welcoming them to online learning and reassuring them. When communicating with pupils, use video chat rather than conventional instant messaging. Start debates on the discussion board, and then have students respond to questions brisk, regular, and open. Emojis are an excellent example of nonverbal communication. Add professional and personal characteristics to your profile.
Create a welcoming environment and a learning community.
Your students expect you to set the tone. To lessen dread, worry, and loneliness, show passion and excitement about presenting the course. Post a welcome video, a biography, images that convey stories about what you’re doing to stay busy during social isolation, and links to news articles or video clips to humanize yourself. Encourage students to customize their homepages and spend time going around the class asking them to share information about what they’ve posted. Incorporate instant messaging, webcams, blogs, and vlogs into your strategy. Pose questions that encourage participants to question one another and elicit lively debate. Rather than directing all comments to individual members, respond to the community as a whole.
Check content resources and applications regularly.
Check all links, resources, modules, and activities regularly while you teach online. Disengagement can occur when online material moves or changes. Assist students who are experiencing trouble browsing course links or handling material that spans multiple web pages. Let them explore the chapters through different engaging platforms and stay active in your class, paying attention to what you are teaching.