Online learning may both help and impede a child’s progress. Educators and students throughout the country have been grappling with how to adjust to the challenges of online learning for the past year. Students might rapidly feel overwhelmed once an online course begins, and they may find themselves treading water in an attempt to remain afloat.
What can teachers do to help these students who are having trouble?
- Connecting with students
Teachers can get to know their students and build meaningful relationships with them even if they are learning online. Developing meaningful relationships may require additional work such as contacting the student or connecting with the student one-on-one through an online platform. Even if a student is online, you can still differentiate.
- Constant checking in
Each course has its own rhythm, which may involve discussions, assignments, papers, projects, quizzes and examinations. Some students may experience difficulties early on in the course. Many students believe that online courses will be simpler to complete than traditional face-to-face classes, or they underestimate the technological and organisational abilities that are necessary to be successful. For these reasons, you should call or email students before the start of class to discuss expectations. Ensure that all students are aware of expectations and deadlines constantly.
- Let students take the responsibilities
Students should be accountable for their conduct, participation and completion of assignments even if they are attending classes online. Teachers can help students learn by providing them with the same knowledge through online learning. Set deadlines for students and provide comments to help them improve their work.
- Support structures
In conventional learning contexts, creating support systems is an excellent strategy to increase student success — and the same is true for online courses.
Holding virtual office hours or live tutoring sessions with students who have difficulties in online learning is a vital approach, and conferencing services like Zoom and WebEx can be excellent platforms for doing so. Peer tutoring, publishing links to supporting resources such as study guides and habits for online learning success, and appointing a ‘success coach’ to each online learner are some of the other student support approaches.
What are your experiences with online learning as a student/teacher?