Tips for remote teaching
This blog is written whilst Covid-19 was causing unprecedented disruption to face-to-face teaching. Schools, colleges and universities are having to close their premises all over the world, but this shouldn’t stop the learning. Luckily there is a multitude of tools available to support teachers and students. Here are some ideas for teachers:
Organisation is key in times of uncertainty as adds structure to the day: this helps both students and teacher feel in control of their learning.
- Try sticking to a daily routine as much as possible.
- Let your students know your availability and how they can contact you (don’t feel that because you are working remotely, you should be available all the time).
- Set the rules on how you give them feedback (and stick to them).
- If you deliver lectures using online platforms, consider recording, so you can share them with students who were not able to attend.
- If you get the same questions over and over again, prepare a frequently asked questions document, that way you will save time.
- Host open Question & Answer sessions to optimise your support time.
Here are some platforms you can use to deliver teaching online.
- G Suite for Education - suite of tools designed to empower educators and students as they learn and innovate together.
- Google Classroom - free for schools and included with sign up for G Suite for Education, but also can be used as a standalone tool. It allows teachers to post, collect and grade assignments, and make announcements. Students can use it to pose questions and make comments.
- Moodle – free open source learning management system
- CourseSites – free platform for teaching courses online.
Collaboration tools can also be used to engage and motivate students, share resources and create an online learning community. Here are some you might want to try:
These platforms are designed to be simple and easy for everyone to use. They come with informative guides and tutorials and plenty of additional information can be found online. Start off by using the platform's basic features, so you can focus on these and not let the more advanced functionality intimidate you.
This can be a great way to bring structure into the chaos of remote accesses, help your teachers organise their work better and give support to your students.
- Studying remotely can make students feel isolated, they may struggle to stay engaged and motivated.
- Build the sense of community by finding ways to make direct contact.
- Encourage students to stay in touch with each other by sharing knowledge and resources. Generate discussions.
- Communicate goals and how to achieve them. Structure tasks in a way that students can experience ‘quick wins’ on the way to more difficult challenges.
- Reward and celebrate success. Make sure you notice good effort and encourage it.
- Let your personality show. When the only connection is via virtual platforms, the communication can easily become formal and rigid. If you use humour in the classroom, bring it online too.
- Request feedback to spot any miscommunications and misinterpretations.
We hope that this is helpful and wish you centre and students every success in their next assessment.