We have tried and tested the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are our top 5 tips for teaching online classes.
Tip #1: Recognize the need for flexible due dates.
One of the biggest reasons students choose to take an online course is because of the greater flexibility. Rather than mandating a class discussion or test at a specific time, give students until the end of the day or a date range to participate.
Tip #2: Centralize links and resources so students can easily find them.
Create a website, blog, or use a section of your online web portal to post all relevant class materials. If you’re using a textbook, consider putting a copy or two on reserve (either online or in print) at the library so that they’re always available to students.
Tip #3: Use technology to make class more interesting.
Share YouTube videos with the class or have students record their own assignments with podcast or video tools. Lively presentations and interactive games help students look forward to the class and become more involved.
Tip #4: Organize class discussions and forums to increase student engagement and interaction.
If your online class’s management system doesn’t have a discussion tool, you can create your own type of discussion area with a free tool like Titanpad. Discussions help students feed off one another’s opinions and ideas and give them a method to communicate with their peers.
Tip #5: Be available.
Set office hours so students can meet you via video chat, or face-to-face. Let students and parents know the best way to contact you depending on the time or topic.
Interested to learn more about teaching online? Check out the Virtual Learning category inside SimpleK12’s Community.