Don’t let the lockdown shutdown learning
Impact of the coronavirus pandemic and current lockdown is posing huge challenges for all of us teachers. New academic session is around the corner, and remote teaching seems to be the only way forward. The transition does require many hours of work and a great deal of patience.
However, with these teaching tactics you’ll be sure to navigate remote teaching like a pro.
Create your own SWAG eLearning
‘The most important principle for designing lively eLearning is to see eLearning design not as information design but as designing an experience.‘ – Cathy Moore
With the changing times, we as facilitators need to devise techniques and strategies to make education more relevant to the learners. With technology, the information is just a click away.
Anyone can have access to whatever information one needs but without proper guidance it will lead us nowhere making us JACK OF ALL TRADES, but MASTER OF NONE.
Here are some tips that will help plan ahead for your remote teaching sessions.
- Guide parents first: We need to make parents aware of the entire plan and how they can contribute to make the best out of it, in terms of learning from home. Share the platform where you would be conducting the lessons.
- Careful planning is the key: We just can’t teach the way we teach in our face to face sessions in the classroom. Just think of the most engaging eLesson you last saw. We can take that lesson as a frame and design ours keeping in mind the age group of the learners. The lesson shouldn’t exceed 40 min.
- Use Flipped learning as a tool: Share with learners what they would be learning in the upcoming lesson by sharing a video clip, text, story, newspaper article or any other content that prepares learners for the class.
- Use a pre and post-lesson questionnaire/ survey as another engaging tool, with not more than 10 quick questions. That will give you an idea of where you need to start your class.
- Keep learners’ engagement as the priority: Keep the lesson interactive by allowing learners to respond. Ask them to answer, give ratings, conduct a self-evaluation, give suggestions and reviews.
- Bring humour and fun to the lesson: Make every lesson a happy lesson by using fun statements and lighter notes.
- Feedback & Reflection tool: Keep giving positive feedbacks by using emojis/ emoticons during the ongoing lessons and give time to the learners to reflect and respond by using simple surveys
- Be available for learners: Share your contact and comfortable timings when learners can contact you in case of any query.
I hope these tips will help you planning your digital lessons.
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