Elearning is now no longer a technological dream. It has been happening now because of the pandemic. There can be many tips applied to make sure elearning is imparted properly:
Formation of community
Students are looking forward to studying in a class because they get opportunities for interaction. When students are being taught remotely, they should be given opportunities to becoming friends with other classmates.
So, instructors can facilitate the formation of such friendships by making sure that they call out students via their names. It’s important so that other students get to know who their fellow students are. There should be a way in which students are introduced to each other before a video session starts. They should also be motivated to divulge some information about their lives so that other students can find some common ground with them like their passion for the same sport, being part of the same profession etc. Instructors can also guide students about the way they should introduce themselves via a video sent to them before the real session. The formation of a community is important so that students have the same friendly experience in remote learning as they have in real classrooms. The students must be also separated into groups to forge stronger relationships among them. These groups can be created for students to have a discussion among them on projects done through assignments. They can also discuss whatever is taught to them through live discussions in remote learning.
Having important communication
Communicating with students is important when there is remote learning.
The students can only talk to teachers for a limited number of hours per week. So, you have to let them know when you are available to them. It’s important to provide some introduction to students before the video starts when you can make them aware of your availability for their queries. There can also be messages sent to students through the LMS emailing system or via discussion boards answering their doubts. You should readily answer any doubts within 24 hours of students posting them on discussion boards. This way, students know that someone is concerned about their understanding of the course. You can put notifications in the LMS about when you are available for them.
You can make good efforts to make sure that students have all their queries answered. Students can be given an office hour in a week where they can raise their doubts and get them solved. This is important if the students didn’t have any time with you and the class was asynchronous. Of course, this kind of live hour is not required if there was extra time available with students like in blended learning set up where students are taught asynchronously but some time is already reserved for synchronous discussions.
Students should be clear about how to use the LMS
The students should be clear about how to use the LMS. It’s important because some students might not be able to figure out the technicalities of the course if they using the LMS for the first time. The students might have a hard time navigating through the course. So, students can be given a demo video on how to use the LMS to find their course and its files.
A rubric is an important document that is a part of an LMS. This is how students can know what is expected out of them in assignments. They will only complete them properly and as per the trainer’s expectations once they know the grading system of the rubric.
Including a rubric in the LMS also saves you from the hassles of responding to multiple emails about why students were poorly graded on an assignment.
So, following these tips, you can make sure that remote training has the same quality as classroom teaching.