The COVID-19 pandemic brought about the need for most schools and other educational institutions to conduct class instruction through virtual or online teaching. In the Philippines, most educators are still new to the advancements in technology, especially with the technology that they can use to aid class instruction, such as laptops, computers, smartphones, and the Internet.
To help, here are some online teaching tips that teachers can employ in their virtual classes to ensure that effective teaching and learning take place.
Develop a Schedule. Before classes begin, provide your students with a schedule for them to know how to manage their time. Get their inputs and develop a schedule that works for everyone.
Test the readability of your resource materials. Make sure that you have tested out all of your learning materials on all types of electronic devices. Consider what font sizes, colors, and designs to use to guarantee readability.
Maximize already existing and accessible resources. Develop or improve on existing resources. It is unrealistic for teachers to create their learning materials for the whole year. You can also send your students links to online supplementary resource materials.
Pre-recorded lectures are better than live stream sessions. Some students may be having difficulty accessing stable internet connection. With pre-recorded lectures, your students can watch them in their own time.
Keep your videos short. Keep your videos within 15 minutes to avoid downloading issues. Break down your long videos into smaller clips to lower the chance of students losing track of the discussion.
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Give specific instructions. Make sure that they will know where exactly on the page or what part of the video you are referring to. They have other classes, too, so they can’t possibly have enough time to watch the full documentary or read the entire book.
Increase student participation and attendance. Motivate your students by providing them with interactive and engaging tasks to guarantee that they are learning while having fun. Consider their diversity and be creative. To ensure attendance, remind them that you can use online tools to check participation without having to call them individually.
Provide platforms for collaboration. Create virtual group spaces as a platform for them to communicate with and support each other. There, they can resolve issues and uncertainties regarding the lessons among themselves before they bombard your inbox with endless messages.
Provide Feedback. Giving constant feedback helps your students know their class standing. Send them reminders and words of praise through chat, email, phone, or video, to improve a student’s motivation to learn.
Be realistic! Tell them that you are also new to online teaching and that you wish to learn along with them. Emotional openness is a great strategy that can help you forge connections with your students. Also, remember to be understanding and reasonable as their online instructor. Try to empathize as much as you can with their respective situations at home.
Take these online teaching tips with you as your journey as an online instructor at this time of the novel coronavirus. Get more information and updates from WhatALife!