Tips to building effective Online Classes; for both faculty and students

In the previous posts from the MVM Group of Institutions, we discussed the importance of online classes and their pros and cons. In today’s post we will list out a few pointers to help both the faculty and students make the most of these online sessions.

The teaching faculty especially those who are new to this form of teaching might find this method quite taxing. However, we will brief you up with a few tips that will help you get prepped for class and stay organized while you are at it.

  • Schedule your classes: to avoid any form of delay or extension in class timings, plan and schedule your class in advance. Create a time-table and develop your routine around it.
  • Build a work environment: do not sit up in your bed or sink into your bean bags as that only seems “comfortable” and may not actually be. Develop a working space for yourself in your home, perhaps near your bookshelf or by the study, even a dining table offers ample space to arrange your gadgets and books. The “feel” of working is vital to being productive at it.
  • Routine assignments: allot regular assignments and home-work to the students to help guide them through the syllabus on hand while making sure that they are up-to-date with the work assigned to them.
  • Regular communication: keep in touch with your students to inquire about their progress and clarify any academic concerns there maybe for them. This also helps in staying connected beside the distance between you.
  • Creative involvement of the students: direct projects/assignments individually or to a group of students to enhance their involvement in the learning process.
  • Need for motivation: make sure to take time out during the class and even outside of it to converse with your students and motivate them to help them stay on track.
  • Derive feedback: take feedback from your students to help improve the quality of teaching and to understand if they are keeping up with the ongoing class sessions.

The students who are new to this form of learning might also find it quite difficult to cope with; especially considering the fact that they have been used to the traditional form of learning all their life. However, one has to adapt to changing times to keep up with the pace and here are a few tips to help you stay organised and prepared for your classes.

  • Stick to the schedule: the session time-table must have already been circulated among you prior to commencing your classes by the faculty in-charge, college or university. You are expected to adhere to it and join your class on-time.
  • Reliable internet access: it might be difficult a few times in the beginning but make sure to eventually fix the internet issues that you might be facing with your respective service providers. It is your responsibility to make your attendance in a class by fixing any network problems there might be.
  • Dedicate a study space: create a space for yourself in your home/room that helps you to concentrate. This could be your study table, dining, a corner space or even the terrace. Avoid sitting on your bed or in the living room as this could hinder with your concentration and may not give you the “feel” of studying.
  • List your objectives and goals: take some time out and make a list of the goals that you wish to accomplish by the end of this year or the next or the year after; then, develop smaller short-term objectives to help you achieve your goal.
  • Develop your personal study-schedule: while keeping in mind your class schedule, develop a schedule/a to-do list that would suit your study timings. Make sure to dedicate maximum hours of your day possible towards studying to add to your advantage the time you are saving on travel and in an otherwise traditional academic setting.
  • Include short-study-breaks: include a 10-15 minute break every two hours to help you refresh and prepare for the next study session. You could use this to take a quick nap or have a refreshing snack to re-energize and study to your maximum potential.
  • Revision: at the end of the day cross-check with your to-do list to cross out all activity done. Avoid ending your day with any work pending. Before going to bed, revise everything you have read/ learnt in the day. Make sure to re-revise everything you learnt through the week in the weekend.

We hope these tips help you gear up for the online sessions and help you stay ahead of your game. We wish the best of luck to the students taking exams in the next couple of weeks.

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