Some great academics struggle with their online lecturing abilities, used to the brick-and-mortar classroom. Teaching an online course is not just about replicating traditional classroom strategies, it requires a different approach and skill set to keep students’ engaged and interested.
EU faculty member, Nina Rung-Hoch, gives us the lowdown on her method for keeping students engaged through online learning.
Rung-Hoch advises online educators to provide interesting and relevant topics for discussion, a balance between theory and practice, with a mix of team projects and live presentations. These ingredients develop a group of students into a class of future collaborators.
“Teaching online takes much more time and preparation as a teacher. You not only have to master your material, but also the list of various technological tools and techniques to make the teaching ‘come alive’.”
EU Business School’s 6 Tips to Be a Successful Online Educator:
- Clear syllabus: the syllabus is what sets the terms and the conditions for the relationship between professor and student.
- Timetable for emails: it’s important to let students know when they can expect a response, whether it’s in a matter of hours or days, rather than not providing any specific timeline. Failing to do this can create uncertainty for students.
- Online resources: replace PDF’s and PPT’s with streaming audio, video tools and forums. This gives students 24/7 access to their course and creates a more compelling class environment.
- Experience studying online: identifying student needs is important, as well as being able to empathize with them.
- Online platforms and social media: the immediateness of communication provided by new technologies, even if they’re not strictly education-related, is what sets really online-savvy lecturers aside from the rest of the faculty.
- Respect for different ways of learning: online students work in different industries, come from varied cultures and possess diverse skills. A great instructor will act as a moderator, facilitating integration, turning the online classroom into a collaborative work environment.
More here about how EU is using technology for its online programs.