How can we improve online teaching and learning?

Posted by Anil Kumar G on December 1st, 2020

The pandemic has ushered in new changes in the mode of education and teaching strategies. E-learning or digital learning has become the new norm for a majority of schools and colleges.

Educational institutions have switched from face-to-face instruction and conventional ways of teaching to online schooling and learning.

With a significant number of colleges and universities opting for online education after the spring, students will have to continue their education from home until the next year. In order to combat the impact of COVID-19, students are encouraged to begin their studies from home.

Can Effective Teaching Strategies Help?

While digital learning can prove resourceful and advantageous for students who opt for online education, the other majority are grappling with their unique set of challenges. Transcending from classroom mode of learning to online classes has been an ongoing struggle for many. The sudden shift in academics has had a ripple effect on mental and emotional well being of many students.

Online Teaching and learning do not come free of challenges, and professors have to upgrade their teaching techniques suited to the latest technology continually. It can be a tedious process to pay attention to students through zoom classes. Interactive learning sessions are the need of the hour to make learning fun.

Tips To Improve Online Teaching Method and Learning:

 

So, here are some tips to make learning interactive and engaging.

 

1. Build a strong communication

It’s important to communicate and build a connection with your students. Students need a sense of security or connection that they are being paid attention to. While the classroom learning made it possible for students to have a face-to-face session with their teachers or grab a coffee with them, remote learning limits interactions or building a connection.

Use storyboards and storytelling techniques to keep students engaged or hooked to your lectures. Without visual representations or interactive content, students can find it easy to fade out or feel overwhelmed.

 

2. Record your lectures

Another useful technique is to record your lectures in detail and then send them to your students instead of live streaming. With live streaming, students can find it difficult to keep track of notes and also people who missed the class will be at a disadvantage.

A recorded lecture can help students, in the long run, to understand things at their own pace.

 

3. Ensure that your face is visible

To build a strong sense of communication between your students and you, you need to be seen. While slides are a great way to state your points, your face must be seen while you deliver your classes. Research shows that a large number of students feel a sense of social isolation with private education. Hence, switch between slides and your face to bridge the communication gap.

4.Keep your videos short and simple

Instructors recording their lectures should keep their videos as short as possible. Not more than 10 minutes per video. The longer the video is, the longer it takes to download and can disrupt the learning process. 

5.  Communicate in groups

It would help the instructor to break the classroom into smaller groups for group discussions or activities. Set up a group schedule for each group weekly or biweekly and encourage them to interact with each other to break the ice. Hand them activities or topics for them to work on in groups and let students take control.

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