Creating An Effective Online Learning Environment

  • 在大流行发生前, if you’d have asked most teachers which skills they wanted to develop more, every one of them would have included technology. It wouldn’t have mattered how proficient those teachers already were; the reality is that technology develops in leaps and bounds while we’re busy taking baby steps. 而且很容易把它推迟到“以后”,” that fantasy extra time we’re going to have when we’re not as busy.

    “Faculty have a love-hate relationship with online teaching and learning,” said a 2017 survey report on teaching and technology from the Educause Center for Analysis and Research, 在这11,来自37个州的141名受访者参与了调查. “They don’t want to do it but think they would be better instructors if they did.”

    But when COVID-19 closed schools and then created the need for online learning, teachers got thrown head-first into the technology, 准备好了没有. Teaching online became not just a luxury, but a necessity. Students were not in their seats in the classroom; they were in various seats at their homes, spending their days w在这里ver a computer was: in the kitchen, 在餐桌上, 在妈妈或爸爸的办公室里, 或者在卧室作业的角落里. Interruptions included other family members in the background, 家里的狗吱吱地叫着心爱的玩具, or the momentary disappearance of a student who was on screen just a few seconds before.

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    Add to all that the need to use (and sometimes troubleshoot) technology like Zoom audio and video, learning management systems that support online learning, and new routines surrounding how students submit their work or break for lunch, and you’ve got challenge upon challenge upon challenge.

    创造一个在线学习环境 is an online course offered by bet5365首页 Online (EDU0 9173). Instructor Robin Seneta leads students through a self-paced course that focuses on best practices when it comes to classroom digital content, 活动, 和团队合作. 在课堂上, you’ll research various learning management systems (LMS) and find the one right for you. 这门课值三个 继续教育 credits, and participants have nine months to complete it.

    Kareem Farah is a teacher with experience in distance learning; he now runs the 现代课堂项目, which focuses on blended learning, self-paced study, and grading based on subject mastery. Teachers don’t lecture; they create videos with education content; this means students can progress at their own pace, 如有需要,经常重温视频. When they’re ready, they move on to the next level of material – but not until. Farah wrote “4 Tips for Teachers Shifting to Teaching Online” for Edutopia for those teachers still struggling with the move to online learning. 他的主要建议:

    • 保持简单. Because you and your students are no longer sharing a classroom, you need to accommodate the fact that t在这里’s less time for and less efficiency built-in for class interaction. Give clear instruction, and focus on tasks with fewer instructions.
    • 忠实于你的数字家庭基地. 因为大流行已经过去几个月了, classes have adopted systems such as Canvas or Google Sites. 无论你使用的是, make sure that you’ve chosen a single platform w在这里 students to always get the newest information. Farah emphasizes that while the many edtech applications available are tempting to try, students need a home base that’s simple and familiar.
    • 优先考虑较长的、学生主导的作业. This gives you time to plan future lessons and follow up with students who need individual assistance. 给你的学生设定关卡和期限, and include ways that they can discuss their assignments with their families.
    • Create multiple “touchpoints” with your students. Your students miss the multiple personal interactions they typically have with a teacher during a school day. You can create those for distance learning by using a combination of video messages, 电子邮件, 评价作业, 和更多的.

    “It’s important to bear in mind that cultivating an engaging distance learning experience is hard, 法拉写道. “It takes time and an incredible amount of patience. If you are new to the experience, you’re probably going to feel like a first-year teacher again. 没关系! Tackle the challenges step by step, keep your students updated on your progress, and stay positive. 你可以这样做!”

    The Dominican Online course relates to Common Core Standards as well as International Society for 技术 in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators in the (5) Designer and (6) Facilitator categories.

    To register for 创造一个在线学习环境, click 在这里; to browse any of Dominican’s 32 online education technology courses, click 在这里.