The Covid-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the teaching-learning dynamics in higher education, altering how educators and students interacted. Business schools had to contend with responding to government efforts to control the virus's spread (through lockdowns, quarantines, and social distance) while preserving educational continuity.
Online learning is reliant on internet connection and equipment (laptops, mobile phones, or tablets), which many students may not have, or may experience system disruptions and mistakes.
Furthermore, the online learning process presents its own set of issues for students, such as decreased motivation to attend online classes, decreased peer-to-peer connections, delayed feedback or aid from educators, feelings of isolation, a lack of physical activity, and screen fatigue.
There was a time when online learning was viewed solely as a supplement to traditional schooling. The pandemic, on the other hand, completely transformed it into an all-online experience.
Educators can raise the classroom learning experience and increase student engagement by developing the contemporary teaching abilities listed below while experimenting with the digital teaching-learning format.
Teaching Tips And Skills That Can Engage Kids In Digital Classrooms
1. Divide a 90-minute class into 30-30-30 segments: 30 minutes of discussing fundamental concepts, 30 minutes of hands-on online exercise, and 30 minutes of linking the exercise to topics taught.
2. Prepare class materials (slides, in-class polls, and quizzes, videos) ahead of time to ensure a smooth and interruption-free classroom experience.
3. Use collaboration tools (such as Miro) to engage students in real-time during online classes.
4. Use asynchronous learning (off-line) to broaden students' horizons, such as pre-reading chapters, watching recorded lectures, case studies, playing simulations, excel-based activities, and so on.
5. Include visual aids to help students follow along in an online situation.
6. Incorporate case studies, projects, and simulation-based learning to provide hands-on experience with complicated business situations.
7. Curate homework as group assignments to enable students to communicate with their classmates online on a regular basis while obtaining conceptual clarity.
8. Frequent use of polls, quizzes, and breakout sessions (for Zoom users) in online classrooms to assess student learning, ensure attentiveness, and knowledge retention.
9. Tracking student performance through Learning Management Systems (LMS) and analytics tools.
10. Use gamification components (such as leaderboards, medals, and awards) to acknowledge students' achievements and active class engagement.
Empathy Is The Most Important Trait For Teachers
Overall, in contemporary times, the most crucial skill educators can contribute to their digital classrooms is empathy.
These times have been especially difficult for students who are already experiencing digital fatigue and social isolation, or who live in areas where electricity and internet connections are unreliable, who are dealing with challenges in their home environments, who are experiencing fears and anxieties about their well-being and careers, or who have experienced personal or professional losses.
It is important to show support for your students and help them get through these difficult times.