Teachers and students have been adjusting to new forms of teaching and learning throughout the last year. Apart from the planning and perseverance required to deliver online information, attempts to reinvent human connections and interactions to enhance learning are also essential. Here are a few ways that a teacher can aid in the personalization of online learning:
Engage students: Online teaching entails more than simply transmitting material; it also entails making them interactive and engaging through project-based tasks. Working with a variety of activities adds interest to the topic and aids in the development of relationships with the pupils.
Provide constant feedback: Provide constructive feedback that empowers students to improve their behaviour and skills through the use of social media, discussion boards and other group forums. Teachers should also make themselves available at specific hours outside regular teaching hours to connect with the learners. This will offer opportunities to build their confidence and self-esteem.
Emphasise collaborative learning: Teachers can set up small study groups and focus on collaborative student-centred learning. This will increase interactions within and among groups, especially in the case of case-based presentations.
Solicit questions: Running a live chat room alongside the primary teaching content enables students to instantly share ideas and clear doubts. Use available technology to create a virtual learning environment that allows collaboration and engagement.
Interact with students as they work: Creating small breakout groups online and being a part of that discussion builds a strong bond between the teacher and student. Sometimes they may need help with the task at hand or may be just reassurance. With communication being key to successful online education, such interactions boost the spirit of the students.
All these steps foster the sense of community and humanisation that are so crucial to making the overall learning process a more enriching one.
(This is a truncated article of the original published in The Hindu. You can read the whole article here: https://www.thehindu.com/education/how-can-teachers-make-online-classes-more-engaging-for-students/article36291441.ece)