It is time for teachers to do a bit of what they ask their students to do: learn and adapt. The new world crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic put schooling into the safety mode, and school institutions had to be closed. There are two ways to deal with the situation: give up or adapt to online teaching. And it is not the students that have to adapt – it is the teachers.
Students are as familiar with technology as teachers with their teaching subjects. They don’t need to adapt; they are already there. So, teachers, it is time for you to get into their environment. Who knows? It might prove that students become more and more passionate about the domain when it becomes available just like Youtube and Instagram.
For those who already have the skills to go online and teach, it’s easy. Maybe even preferable to the face-to-face version. But, for those who don’t feel in control doing it, it might be a chance to test your flexibility, imagination, and adaptation skills, along with the new set of technological ones.
Coronavirus pandemic might lead to online teaching
The most challenging side of doing online education is communication. A teacher could efficiently structure the material and send it to the students. But learning new information, clarify information, provide applications of information, help students connect the new material with what they know, and get students to interact with the material and each other for deeper processing, that might prove to be harder.
Here are some suggestions on how you could do it:
- Level 1 Do it like you were in the classroom. Using a platform such as Zoom to present what you already have prepared and have all students log on synchronously. Students can ask questions. You can record it so students can also re-watch it.
- Level 2 Record your presentation by using Kaltura so students can watch it when they want. There are no live questions, but students can still post questions to the LMS discussion board.
- Level 3 You can become inventive, now that you are free from the school schedule. You can reorganize your material break into smaller modules and record using either Zoom or Kaltura. Use the discussion board and chat functions to get students talking and take into LMS groups. Students prefer this kind of interaction instead of the face-to-face one. It might prove to be a better tool for deep processing.
The best part of the process is that teachers have the chance to get into student’s ways to communicate. Even if it might seem like creating a distance, it might also prove that it tightens the relationship. Students won’t feel as exposed as they do in class, and they will manifest their free will to engage in the subject at their ow time, not forced by a preset schedule. So, they will finally feel that they are left alone. They can revisit the material they skipped when the boy/girl they like texted them. You won’t feel rejected and disrespected, and they won’t think in leash anymore. It’s a win-win!