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Ways to improve e-learning

Dec 27, 2021 12:39 PM FloKoin

States and districts all throughout the country are still working on their fall plans. Even institutions that opened for in-person classes quickly closed or designed an e-learning environment to keep pupils quarantined. When schools first shuttered in March, teachers and administrators were caught off unprepared, but now everyone can prepare for virtual school. There are a few ways you may benefit your pupils by streamlining the experience. Take your e-learning to the next level with these pointers.

 

Record your teachings if at all feasible

Some schools may have restrictions on what you can record, and there may be technical difficulties such as incompatible software, but attempt to record your classes whenever possible. There are a number of advantages. For example, students who are unwell or otherwise unable to attend class can view the video afterwards. Those who do attend class can review segments to refresh their memories and have a better understanding of the material. Some instructors have even made audio recordings a mandatory part of the e-learning process. Students watch the video outside of class and then spend class time answering questions and working on homework. (The concept of a flipped classroom, as described by former teacher Elizabeth Trach in a Schoology Exchange post, existed long before the pandemic.) The same can be done by school administrators, who can disseminate policy updates to teachers and employees through video. Meetings should be held virtually as often as feasible. Administrators should make a short video summary of the meeting and give it to everybody who was unable to attend in person. These are time saves as well as health/safety and separation precautions. They will allow employees working from home to be informed about a rapidly changing scenario without being overwhelmed by emails.

 

Make personal connections a priority

People of all ages and backgrounds have struggled with social distancing, but especially children and teenagers who rely on their peers for assistance. Giving your kids opportunities to build personal connections is one of the best things you can do right now.

Assign group work or group study projects that require students to work in pairs or teams, for example. You can also check in with each of your students for a few minutes to make sure they're learning. These are tiny efforts, but they can have a tremendous influence on your pupils' mental health.

 

Reduce the length of your speeches

The average person can only focus for around 20 minutes before becoming bored or distracted. With younger learners, especially those who learn through video, that short attention span becomes even shorter. Look for ways to make your presentations more interesting. A 10-minute lecture followed by a five-minute activity can be done. You can also use music, films, games, and amusing quizzes to keep your pupils' attention. Although a lecture is the simplest approach to deliver knowledge digitally, it does not always result in a positive e-learning experience.

 

Provide information in a variety of formats

Your pupils can ask you to explain anything or provide more information in a traditional classroom setting. In an e-learning environment, this may not be achievable. Present information in a variety of ways so that learners of various learning styles can comprehend it. Make the lesson available in a variety of forms as well. This might be as simple as downloading each lesson's transcript. You can also share your PowerPoint presentations, provide students additional learning resources, and publish your notes to aid parents and students in their study sessions.

Provide as many resources as possible for pupils to obtain the information they require.

 

Check to see if your assignments may be completed online

Not every task can be completed in a virtual classroom. Something that appears to function well with video may be overly difficult or need resources that students lack. If you're not sure about an assignment, have another teacher look it over. If you can't describe the method clearly or your "volunteer student" can't finish the exercise, you'll need to change it or eliminate it from the lesson.

 



 

Also keep in mind that certain supplies may not be available at home for your students. Before you urge your pupils to acquire tiny whiteboards or other equipment that aren't necessary for the learning process, think about their financial problems.

 

Look for materials that are free

If you need to substitute a virtual choice for a lesson plan, search for resources that are free for both students and teachers. WeAreTeachers' staff produced a list of over 350 online learning tools. Hundreds of museums, education startups, writers, and toy companies have generated online content that is available for educators to use for free. Without using tangible materials, you can use these resources to break up your lectures and engage students. Before you use these websites or resources, make sure you test them out. If the content isn't up to par, there's no reason to include it in the class and risk creating distractions.

Different tools can also be used by school administrators to obtain input from instructors and parents. During these unpredictable times, clear communication is critical, and we're all learning together. Even if it's merely an acknowledgement, each survey or request for input should have a defined objective and a fast answer.

Everyone wants the pandemic to end so that life may return to normal and children can play without wearing masks. Right now, though, it's critical to make the best of a terrible situation and make the most of the e-learning experience.

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