The changing scenario in the mode of teaching from the traditional to the online mode has many benefits for the students. Besides, the teachers should also be well trained such that they know every detail of how to handle pupils through the online mode.
With the advancement of technology, the mode of learning has become easier for the students as they can readily get access to the required study materials.
Other than this, they also have access to online tutorials and videos that help them to grasp a better idea about the concerned topic. Teaching through the online mode is like gardening where you have to provide a healthy environment to engage in more students in the classroom program.
Since there is no physical meeting between the students and the teachers; they have to take up an interesting mode of learning such that the students do not get distracted in between. In addition, the etcher should take special care in designing the study material in an interesting manner, and it helps to retain the student’s attention through the class session.
With the introduction of online mode of learning, the face to face learning would eventually come to an end, but online teachers should know about how to incorporate the age-old ideas into the online mode.
With the increase in the use of the online mode of teaching for preparation of exams like IBPS, IAS, UPSC and the like, the idea is to extend the educational resource to learners all around the world.
How to incorporate the age-old method in online mode?
- Interactive classes – Interaction is the key point while imparting education whether via the offline mode or the online. During the age-old time, interaction was easy among the students and the teachers, but it lacks in the online mode of education. If they are unable to interact with students, they will not be able to clear their doubts. The interaction should be easy enough such that the teachers are approachable to the students. Ample chances of communication and interaction would help students in better understanding of the curriculum.
- Conduct debates and discussions – In the offline mode of teaching, teachers conduct debate sessions and other discussions sessions among the students, and it should be introduced in the online mode of teaching as well. Although there is no physical presence of the students under one roof, then the teacher should conduct debates such that students are able to deliver their comments on the concerned topic. One such is a live video streaming that helps retain the attention of students and the same time engage more students to come up with various comments. This similar method is also used while preparing for competitive examinations such as IAS, banking exams or UPSC. Certain doubt classes are conducted online that help students to clear any queries pertaining to a topic.
- Explanation of the study material – In case of offline mode, each and every detail of the chapters is thoroughly explained to the students in the classroom whereas it is lacking in the online mode of teaching. They only provide the students with study materials and do not feel the need to explain the same. Therefore, should elucidate the topics and the study materials provided to the students for better understanding and self-evaluation.
- Interesting designing of curriculum – In order to retain the attention of readers throughout the online classroom program, the teachers should make ways for attractive designing of the curriculum. Student participation is required such that they are able to understand the curriculum well. Since the students get the opportunity to stay present in the first day of syllabus discussing, steps should be taken, and the curriculum should be designed in such a way that it does not leave the students confused. Starting from the entire course to the assignments, each student who is part of the online classroom program should be well aware about the details of the curriculum.
Additional lessons for online teachers
Apart from the above-mentioned lessons, the online teachers should focus on the practical training based subjects. Since it needs more of mentor attention that is available in offline mode, the online teachers should be available for the students such that they can have clear demonstration of the topics.
Also, students learning through online mode often appreciate the late work submission policy. But for the betterment of the students, the teachers should not encourage the late work policy and instead take up firm policies similar to that of the offline mode of learning.
The facility of alternative assignments should only be made available to the students who missed the assignment during the normal time of the class. The methods of offline teaching are more effective when they are adopted by online teacher catering to primary students or distance education students.
In case of students who are using the online classroom program for qualifying in competitive exams such as IAS, UPSC online and other exams, this mode of teaching is the ideal option. With wide range of options to pick from and practice tests, the online mode of education is helpful for the students.
Creating a healthy environment is essential
Creating healthy classroom environment and relationship among the students is helpful in offline mode of teaching. The teachers should try to incorporate in the online mode as well, and the administrators should be available all the time such that the students have access to the teachers whenever they the teachers.
Among the aforementioned strategies, you would find that teachers in the online mode should consider the presence of each individual and value all of them equally. It should be such that through the online mode, they do not have a classroom feel.
Similar, the classroom program should be made engaging enough even when teachers are catering to students appearing for competitive exams such as banking, UPSC, and others.
One such technique for engaging the students is to call them by their names or nicknames to let them know that they are valued. Invite answers, even if they are wrong ones and makes ways for the students to learn from their mistakes.