Engagement through interaction
Martin Weller, The Open University: “Be friendly!”
Tracey Chapleton, The British Council, Madrid: “Smile lots! It might feel weird at first but it does make a difference.”
Josh Underwood, The British Council, Bilbao: “Remember to relax and be friendly.”
Claire Beecroft, The University of Sheffield: “I think being as ‘present’ in your programme as you can is really important- showing students you are there helps to create that sense of a relationship with learners, and helps (crucially) to motivate learners to keep up with their course even when not surrounded by their fellow students.”
Tracey Chapleton, The British Council, Madrid: ”It’s really important to build a sense of community, don’t rush in with your objectives and lesson plan, take time to either get to know your students (if it is your first class) or talk to your students about their fears and anxieties about moving online (if you already know your students).”
Check ins and reviewsAnother good practice is to start the week with a message to your students every Monday. You could send an overview of what’s coming up and ask them for PPPs:
- report a plan they’ve made
- some progress made
- and any problems they’re experiencing.
SafeguardingFor teachers and parents/carers working with students under 18, it’s important to consider online safety. One way to do this is to set some ground rules for online interactions, for example being supportive and respectful of each other in emails and other messages, or establishing rules for how and when to respond during synchronous events. You can establish these cooperatively with more mature students so they feel they have ownership of them; younger students will need to follow more strict rules / laws (especially under 13s). We have included some links to child online safety guidance from UNICEF and other sources in the ‘see also’ links below. If you find links to online child safety guidance for a different country, feel free to share them in the comments.
Your task (15-20 minutes)Choose one of the suggestions above and consider how you might use it in your online teaching. Describe what you plan to do in the comments below.
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