Ways To Teach Effectively In Online Classroom

Virtual or online classroom is emerging as the way ahead to impart quality education. 

COVID-19 has brought about a substantial and remarkable change to the way the world used to function. We are now entering a new normal. The education landscape is also experiencing a sea change from the status quo with new methods of teaching and learning coming to the fore. Virtual or online classroom is emerging as the way ahead to impart quality education.  

With the teachers acquainting themselves with the online method of classroom delivery, they face new challenges. Availability of supporting devices to conduct the class, parent interference during the session, managing behaviour of students, ensuring the attention of students during the course are few of the many challenges that a teacher encounters while delivering a virtual or online class.  

Here are a few ways that a teacher can deliver an exceptional online or virtual classroom experience.  

  1. Plan the session: Have a presentation/PPT to share with students. Keep ready some handout/worksheet/quiz for them to solve during the session. 

  1. Do Loud Reading: Project some reading material, a story, or pages of book/document for a read-aloud activity. Randomly choose a student and ask him/her to read a paragraph or a few lines ensuring active participation and attention of students 

  1. Create a poll: Polling is a great tool to grab the attention of the students. Pose a multiple choice question and conduct a poll for the answer. Based on the option selected given by each student, you can gauge the attentiveness/receptiveness of the students.  

  1. Collaborate with Students: Allow students to share their point of view or present a document or slides by giving them screen sharing options. This collaboration encourages students to stay attentive and look forward to the class. 

  1. Assign Group Activities: Create small groups and assign them topic to discuss or task to complete. Depending on the platform, either create separate meetings or breakout rooms for group activities. Monitor the discussion, as and when required. Later ask one of the group members to present the summary of the discussion.  

  1. Check Understanding with an Assignment: Based on the session, plan an assignment that checks the understanding of the topic. Give a time frame for students to complete and submit the assignment for evaluation. 

  1. Web-Camera Access: Disable settings on web-camera for participants to view each other. Students can only see the teacher; and not each other.  

  1. Use the Platform: Be comfortable with the different tools available on the online classroom platform. Practice before going live with students because practice makes perfect! 

  1. Time for Clearing Doubts: While planning your session, allot time to clear doubts regarding the topic. Use the public chat feature or give speaker access for students to speak and share their doubts. 

Involve students as much possible during a session. Active engagement of students in an online class keeps them engaged and attentive in class. Take it slow and do not rush to finish the course. Video record your session and watch it for self-review. Reflect on what went well and identify scope of improvement. Be a learner in the journey of transition from an offline class into an online class.  

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