The abrupt shift to virtual learning has forced educational institutions to change their teaching methods. They send home paper packets, while others are guaranteeing that pupils have devices, WiFi, and consistent online courses. This event has led schools to create high-quality remote learning experiences. Here are five ways to make distance learning as effective as possible.
The availability of high-speed internet and digital gadgets for students is often limited. According to a recent Rutgers University-New Brunswick study, 55% of survey respondents reported that having too many people online at the same time slowed down their internet connection at home.
The faculty must recognize students’ connectivity issues and make arrangements to meet their needs for a more conducive learning environment. Keep recorded lectures for around 15 minutes so that the video files aren’t too huge to download over a slow connection. To assist students in managing the required internet speed to attend, classes should be concise and conducted at a consistent time and day.
Synchronous classes, in which students interact with the teacher and their classmates in real-time through online learning, resemble how teaching and learning in the physical classroom usually take place. Live interactions can also assist students to maintain their sense of belonging to their learning community and promote engagement.
Asynchronous classes, on the other hand, allow students to access pre-recorded presentations and finish learning tasks at their convenience. Students will have a variety of means to accomplish their tasks if these two methods are implemented accordingly.
According to studies, 65% of the population is visual learners, meaning they favor learning by looking at photographs, infographics, diagrams, and more.
Invite the whole class into a dependable large conferencing solution to allow students to interact and view the lesson presentation, just as they would in a physical classroom.
It’s ideal to keep the amount of new information students receive in each session to a minimum. This is even more true in online classes or remote distance learning. Make video presentations between 15 to 20 minutes, especially if the subject is new or the pupils are younger.
Take advantage of what psychologists call the ‘spacing effect’, or breaking up data and delivering it in shorter presentations then returning to the same items later to boost learning.
Some students need academic and non-academic guidance, while others require support with technology.
Keep an eye on student participation. Do frequent check-ins and check-ups. Reach out or send a notification when there is evidence that a student is struggling. Allow for some wiggle room when it comes to deadlines and the ability to redo assignments. Give immediate feedback too.
The remote learning experiences of students vary during this unprecedented crisis. These tips can help learning institutions stay on track and ensure that every learner receives a quality online education.