As the world recovers from the pandemic, education continues to be digital. The almost overnight transition from classroom learning to online lessons was quite overwhelming for both students as well as teachers. Students who require extra attention have found themselves in a challenging situation and teachers are now in charge of creating online lessons that can keep students engaged throughout the class.
What strategies can teachers imbibe to make classes easy on both parties? Read on to find out-
Engagement is key: Break the monotony of online classrooms with creative engagement ideas through the use of tools like colourful presentations, multimedia, and manual handouts. These can help sustain the students’ interest throughout the class. Another noteworthy technique is to create an environment of discussion instead of lecture focused classes which will allow for more interactive and engaging sessions.
Decorum in the classroom: Whether you are teaching a physical classroom or online one, it is important that it meets all standards of teacher-student decorum to ensure a smooth learning process. Classroom rules and accepted behaviours must be clarified before-hand so that the students can take their classes just as seriously as they did before.
Cluster lessons: Another online teaching technique to help encourage engagement is grouping your lessons into clusters. Creating bite-sized videos or mini-slides to cover similar topics will help students to improve focus in classes and will give the teacher the ability to take shorter sessions with ample number of breaks in between to improve learning outcomes.
There are several tools and strategies that can be used by teachers to engage students in an online classroom. If you are teaching an online course for the first time, research practical tips and tricks undertaken by your peers or find online discussion boards to get a better understanding of global online teaching styles.