The pandemic thrust teachers and students online almost instantaneously. Sure, some had a degree of experience with online teaching and learning, but for many, the sudden shift presented challenges, to say the least.
A year later, higher education institutions have a better grasp of both the challenges online teaching and learning present and the best practices to overcome those hurdles and help students succeed.
Fall brings the promise of a further return to campus, but much like how working from home has permanently recalibrated the workplace, online learning has gained a larger foothold in higher education instruction.
The keys to student success online are not a suddenly-unlocked secret, but amid software hiccups, Zoom awkwardness, and the general trepidation of life upended, they are easy to overlook. Here are three tips to always keep in mind with online teaching:
Keep students engaged
No simple task, right? Even in the classroom, keeping students engaged is a challenge. But in the era of TikTok, technology affords a robust cabinet of tools.
Classroom management tools. Whether Blackboard, Canvas or another option, classroom management tools help keep teachers and students organized and informed. Learn the ins and outs of your system, and give your students time to learn the features, too.
Video conferencing. We all know video conferencing apps such as Zoom allow teachers to present lectures online. We all also know, thanks to the efforts of Stanford researchers and others, Zoom fatigue is real.
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