Online learning requires different skills and approaches than in-person teaching, so it is wise to keep some best practices in mind whether teaching fully online, hybrid courses or both.
Consider using multimedia resources to engage students with your content and each other in virtual classroom settings. Video, images, and podcasts can all serve as powerful ways to keep students interested and provide an enriching learning experience – some educators have even organized road trips as ways to bring history alive for their pupils!
Utilize discussion boards and other collaborative online tools to engage your students with one another and your course materials. Since online studies can leave them feeling isolated, group activities – even those assigned asynchronously – should help provide needed interaction among classmates.
Recognize that students may be experiencing personal or familial situations which impede their concentration. Be understanding and flexible; just don’t let this stop them from working – students need an uninterrupted education experience even in times of hardship.
Online assessment can be more challenging than in-person assessment, so you need to find ways to monitor student progress without adding too many formal assessments to your grading pile. For example, students could share their progress via discussion board posts, Turnitin assessments or even informal assessment techniques like tracking student response during live lessons through Chat or Zoom’s polling features.