On the educational front, our world is moving towards the frequent adoption of e-learning and virtual learning processes.
COVID19 has eventually revealed how flexible and convenient technology can be and how it can be a boon for the education industry. But, just like every coin has two sides, teachers must address a few barriers or challenges to realizing the benefits of modern online technologies in the profession.
First things first, the nature of learning and the modes of delivering knowledge is changing, and you, as educators and administrators, must keep up.
These days, nearly everything, from your social life to banking, is conducted online. Virtual learning is also one part of this process, and it’s being adopted at all levels. Be it K-12, colleges, or even short or long-term certification programs, all of them are now offering online courses and classes to make learners adept in their particular field.
With this blog, we’re going to discuss the few significant challenges teachers or instructors face while adopting virtual learning. Let’s begin!
Fear of not-being Efficient around Technology
This fear of not being efficient is due to the lack of experience and exposure in using these tools.
Most teachers and lecturers have been delivering knowledge on blackboards for decades, they have used technology (computer or mobile) only to either make a report or call someone. Suddenly, this complete exposure and dependency on technology to take classes might have made them doubtful at the thought of relying on technology for the entire course.
The professors and teachers must get the right training to eliminate the fear of being around technology to deliver their knowledge efficiently. They must be made part of an appropriate training program, provided with proper resources, and even mentors to resolve any queries around how they can use the tools to teach online effectively.
Overwhelming online educational resources
Teachers are overwhelmed with colossal online educational alternatives available in the market. We have witnessed a rapid and unexpected growth of ed-tech tools and resources with the recent online transition of school classes and college lectures.
However, with the given scenario, teachers must keep up with evolving technology. They must narrow down the list of digital tools that suits them the best. Further, they must also consider the easiness of their students to use the tools. To make classroom learning effective, online tools need to be suitable for students.
Dealing with Boredom of Online Classes
You might think that online classes are more fun than classroom-based classes, but that’s not always the case. Putting up a long list of multiple-choice questions and sharing never-ending texts may fail to engage students. Such sessions are more of e-reading than e-learning, making the sessions boring for the teacher as well as the student.
Online tutors find it quite challenging to deal with this boredom. As when such courses or classes are surfaced online, students often get bored with the training, and this lack of motivation and engagement turns out to be the main reason for the course’s failure.
The solution to deal with this challenge is to make the online course that’s dynamic, interactive, and fun. As an online tutor, you can use several interactive training sessions with videos, storytelling, gamified solutions, and much more. For multiple-choice questions, you can use tools like Kahoot to bring that fun and competitiveness amongst students. Practising game-based learning can help teachers keep boredom away from their online sessions.
A decrease in Knowledge Retention
With online classes and courses, there’s a seemingly decreased rate of knowledge retention that’s observed over time in students. Here, it’s imperative to note that students (of schools or college) need time and opportunities to assess their own knowledge. And to realize this, online self-quizzes and/or summaries of the content must be provided before the lesson.
Unlike the classroom-based classes, the end goal of most online learning courses or classes is to deliver ‘bite-sized’ chunks of instruction that can be easily processed by learning in short periods of time. Further, you must note here, that e-learning is ineffective if the courses or classes don’t integrate ‘micro-learning’ modules into an online class.
Microlearning has been found to be extremely effective due to its short, focused chunks of information. This avoids an over-abundance of information and possible cognitive overload.
So, to deal with this challenge, you must help the learners keep a dynamic tracking of their course/class progress, provide them with more online assessments. Keeping an online test at the end of the online course is mandatory. But you can improve knowledge retention by presenting tests/exams after each module or activity. Not only it’ll test the progress and knowledge retention of the learners, but it will also give the possibility to revel success on each level.
As noted earlier, amidst this digital age, teachers need to keep up with evolving technology, you must know which digital tools are best suited for the students and should learn to use them effectively in their online classrooms.
Despite all the sophisticated technologies and modern tools to make online sessions interactive, dynamic, and fun, it’s a teacher’s personal touch that possesses the key to unlocking the remarkable potential in every student.
It comes as no surprise that today the trends and processes of education are all being transformed dramatically.
Amidst such a scenario, online instructors and teachers have no choice but to evolve as well.
If you wish to inspire young minds and continually equip them with skills that will be valuable in the future, you must understand the need of the hour and update yourself with the modern, thinking-oriented global processes of education.
Not to forget, it’s important here to address the responsibility of educational institutes in helping out the teachers to deliver efficient online sessions. The institutions must take responsibility for the tutors associated with them to ensure that they engage in perpetual professional learning and apply that learning to improve student achievements.