Learning methodologies, in this pandemic, have been intensely debated, and opinions vary from continuing e-learning to restarting physical classes. The solution to these problems is not easy, and hence, as this debate continues, e-learning may not be a one stop solution yet. While schools had planned to open up in a staggered manner to help students return to physical classrooms, the second wave which is persistent across the country, put a pause to these hopes. Thus, students are having to realign with the e-learning model once again. It is a challenge now for all stakeholders to make online learning fun and motivate students to learn from it. Here are some methods that can be implemented to make e-learning more engaging.
A dedicated space
A vital first step is to create a school-like learning environment at home. This learning space can be a separate room or a particular spot in the room with minimum hurdles, good lighting, low noise, and a positive ambience that can be overseen by parents or guardians. If there are too many distractions, the learning environment for both the teacher and the students gets disrupted.
Be your best online self
Teachers have to make sure that they not only look presentable, but the location that they are in does too. Being engaged and interested in what students say is hugely motivating for them. Visual materials must be cutting edge and slides must be clean and clear, and videos should be of high quality. Teachers can also try new activities or mix up the tempo of the class.
Constructive use of tech
Online learning comes with many challenges, but it also puts a wide range of tools and technologies at teachers’ disposal. Teachers can add variety to their lessons for students and keep them alert by using tools like whiteboards, pointers, virtual games, text editors, drawing tools, file editors, breakout rooms, or screen-sharing tools. Teachers should know how to use these tools.
Attractive teaching aids
Students’ interest in classes will be enhanced if study materials are accessible and engaging. Courses should be based on interactive sessions to facilitate better learning. The classes should also include parents in the process to help them experience their child’s development through awareness and understanding. Short lessons can be an effective means to improve learning. The lessons taught should include concepts that inspire students.
Another way to help online students stay on track with their studies is by instilling a sense of purpose in them. You could try positive feedback, badges, points, playing games or doing other fun-learning activities your students like. For short-term progress checks, build continuity between lessons by doing quick revisions or quizzes on previous topics. For long-term progress, build up a portfolio of work with them so they can see how far they have come. An achievement page would be ideal to help take stock of learning. Open-ended, play-centric learning methods that incorporate stories are effective for faster development of imagination, which will in turn help strengthen cognitive and creative abilities. Students should be enabled to use information they have acquired through play-centric methods and get familiar with the gamification approach. It solves problems by applying the characteristics of game elements. This can be built-in mobile learning too as mobiles are frequently used to play games.
Recording lessons is vital
Recordings of lessons are useful for a number of reasons. There may be occasions when one or more of your students are unable to attend. They can catch up with the session at their own time by viewing the recordings. Students may dip back into your lessons in order to recap certain topics. You could also watch the recordings to help critique your own technique or approach.
Keeping students stimulated is no easy task. Remember young kids do not have very- high attention spans and it can be hard for them to focus. It is essential to give students a break and be patient with them. Students can easily pick up cues when you are annoyed, and this might disturb the equation you may have with them. Although the adoption of e-learning methods is based on necessity, the concept of learning from home can be made appealing to students.