Preparing Your Online Classes for the Upcoming School Year

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The coronavirus crisis has facilitated more changes than ever before. As technology continues to be of greater importance in the world, its role in schools and education has also increased drastically.

Schools and universities have shifted to online mediums to conduct their classes, and both teachers and students are learning to adapt to this new form of transmitting education.

Teachers need to be prepared adequately in their online class for the betterment of both the educational experience and their students’ development. Here are ways to adapt your online courses to suit better the needs of students in the upcoming school year.

Children attending an online class

Ensure Content is Concise and Clarified 

It is crucial for the content taught in an online class to be clear, comprehensive and concise. Due to the lack of physical presence of teachers and teaching tools; contents have to be created in a way that is understandable for the students.

Great educational content is clear to the point and is as concise as possible. Also, ensure you and the student are on the same page about the topic to avoid miscommunication about the instructions or learning goals.

Quantity of Content 

As a teacher, you have to make sure that the amount of content you are providing to your students is manageable. Too much syllabus in a short duration may not be doable and can lead to frustration and impacts on the results.

Manage how many assignments and projects you assign to students to ensure the focus is on achieving their learning goals, instead of doing excessive busy work.

Activity-Based Learning 

Try to think about what activities and assignments can make the course more enjoyable and share them with your students. The more engaging the content is, the more impact your class will have.

There are online games which can be found on the web to help teachers make their lessons more engaging and valuable.

Stick to Your Initial Plan 

If you make any last-minute changes in your study plan in an online class, it will most likely disturb the whole flow of the class. Besides, sudden course changes might also confuse the students.

Make sure that you go through your content for the course well before the semester starts so you can make any necessary changes beforehand.

Check Your Connection and Technology 

This is probably an essential thing to notice in an online class. In the worst cases, half the class time can be wasted because of voice distortion or other connectivity issues. Make sure beforehand that the software or application you are using is working correctly, and there are no connectivity issues.

The online experience is now more critical than ever as a large portion of schools are taking their learning programs to the digital world. Under these circumstances, it is crucial to have an online classroom that is well-prepared in advance and can deliver immense value to students.

By applying these tips and planning habits, you can set up your digital classrooms to be as productive and helpful to student growth as physical classrooms. Before the new semester starts, consider implementing these tips into your preparation strategies.

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Ashraf Samsudin Ashraf is the Specialist Education Consultant at SPELD Victoria where he provides, coordinates and develops the organisation’s Educational Services. Based in Melbourne, Ashraf