Online courses have become an incredibly popular way for students and employees to advance their education or professional development. Teaching an online course requires different methods from the traditional classroom, so it’s important that teachers adapt or develop their skills to the online learning environment, to make their materials effective and engaging for learners.
Let’s look at 5 strategies you can implement to improve your online teaching and make your eLearning course a successful experience for both you and your learners.
1. Engage With Your Learners Online
Without your physical presence in the classroom, it’s vital that you establish a virtual presence at the very beginning of the eLearning course. Online teachers need to be engaging and supporting students right from the start and for the duration of the course, to maintain an effective learning community.
2. Create A Supportive Learning Environment
As an online teacher, you have an opportunity to create a supportive online community for your learners.
The best way to achieve this is through encouraging both teacher-to-student engagement and student-to-student interaction.
3. Use A Mix Of Learning Tools For Better Engagement
These days, we’re fortunate to have the technology to create virtual learning environments that allow us to collaborate and engage just as well as if we were in the classroom.
As Dr Boettche says, “the variety of activities that are now possible online makes it possible to create many types of effective learning environments.”
4. Provide Ongoing Feedback
Feedback is an essential component of all effective learning environments – including online.
As an online teacher, your feedback will help to create an eLearning experience that is informative, engaging, and motivational for the learner.
5. Make eLearning Content Mobile
It’s wise to acknowledge the importance of mobile learning for online teachers, with students and employees now accustomed to using their mobile devices for learning.
Mobile learning holds key advantages for learners, allowing them to access up-to-date course materials and relevant content anywhere, anytime. With bite-sized pieces of information available to be digested quickly and easily, learners can work through course materials at their own pace, assisting both performance and productivity.