Tips to ensure effective online learning during COVID-19

5 tips for teachers to teach effectively in the virtual space

5 tips for teachers to teach effectively in the virtual space
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung
08 September 2021

1. Understanding the key features of the online platforms you are using

Learning platforms provide a range of functions such as break-out rooms, screen sharing and management of learning materials, and communication support. It is important to understand the advantages and limitations of the platform to plan your lessons effectively. To make sure your lesson runs smoothly, you should test the functions before delivering the session.

2. Using appropriate teaching methods and technology

Unlike classroom teaching where students can interact physically in an immersive environment, online lessons seem to limit teachers in the small screen that leads students to detach from the learning content. Long, one-way live streaming sessions tend to disengage students within 10-15 minutes. Therefore, you may consider organizing the session into short time slots and include a range of activities to engage students.

3. Monitoring students’ engagement and progress in lessons

Ideas on how to monitor students’ engagement and progress over time include the following:

  • Assess student learning. Create assignments, quizzes, polls, and snapshots in classes to track students’ progress.
  • Personalize learning experiences. Create small groups within classes to foster student collaboration and discussion.
  • Reward positive student behaviour. Create personalized badges online and award them to students to post on their profiles so that they can become more motivated by seeing and displaying these rewards.

4. Engaging parents and caregivers to facilitate online learning

It is important to have a supportive home environment for children to engage with learning. For many parents it may be a challenge to help their children out. Get in touch with them and agree how they can support. Inform them about the tasks and expectations you have. Reassure them that it is ok if children cannot keep up with homework. Encourage them to engage their children in daily routines and simple tasks such as reading a book or writing about their day.

5. Designing interactive learning activities

Using activities such as debates, group work, projects, case studies, role play, and student presentation help students acquire the skills other than academic knowledge and make lessons more interesting! Many tools for online collaboration can be used to help facilitate group activities.