Distance learning – remote teaching opportunities with online meeting tools
In the age of digitalization as well as due to the corona pandemic, distance learning grows more and more important. Teachers and trainers are faced with new ways of teaching: creating online courses and fit their contents and didactics into new formats.
However, acquiring the knowledge to deal with programs for online meetings like zoom, google meet, teams etc. and handling their tools is only one part of the process adapting to remote teaching and training. The main challenge trainers face is reaching the learner on the other end of the screen. Sometimes they only face back screens and it is hard to tell who is listening and how to get the participants attention if old patterns that worked in a classroom are no option while teaching online. How to make them participate? And how can you tell if the learners comprehended the content you prepared?
To face these issues the following module points out how a teaching lesson can be held via online formats like zoom and how to use the tools given to share content, interact with your participants and get responses to your questions. Questions must be asked instead of remaining silent, responding participants are fundamental to ensure that the learning unit has been understood or hasn’t, to pass future exams. The module comes with two checklists how to prepare your online session, one for the technical part “Digital environment – settings before a session” and one step by step guide “preparation of your session and content”. Furthermore a video shows an example of how to build an online lesion and there are many links to videos that explain how to use tools to enlarge participation of the learners. Last but not least the module comes with additional learning materials such as links to handbooks explaining every detail about different online formats useful for remote teaching from creating an account to annotations, chat rooms, whiteboards or break out rooms, and so on. The questionnaire at the end of the module is to be spread among the learners to give feedback in order to evaluate your online lectures and what can be improved. Let’s begin!
|Remote learning in the digital age: Design and implementation of teaching lessons with online tools like zoom, google meet, Microsoft teams, etc.|
|Description of task||How to teach with digital tools:
Preparation of content in digital form
How to involve learners (individual/ group work) with the online tools given
How to save content and distribute to absent learners
How to recognize if they understood
|Objective of execution||Knowledge and skills teaching online
sharing contents / documents / educational videos
have attention of learners
distribute learning tasks and control learning outcomes
|Guidelines on procedures||See checklist 1 settings before an online session
and checklist 2 preparation of session and content
|Criteria of quality performance in execution of the task||See checklist 1, 2 and Questionnaire for evaluation|
Settings when using online tools for virtual classes
Step-by-step tutorial virtual class
How to teach via Zoom
Implementation of online teaching (Ways to implement a digital lesson)
Share your screen
How to create interactivity – use the annotations tool
How to present and and get feedback – use the whiteboard
How to do groupwork – use break out rooms
Questions and comments of learners – how to use/ disable chat
How to control time/presentations – options for using timer tool
How to record a meeting
Evaluate your online teaching skills
Feedback from your class
Where do you stand? Devise proof of label matching – description.
What is netiquette?
Quiz, test what you have learned
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