So, we have to acclimatize online delivery quickly and at the same time provide our students with the equitable and high-quality learning they deserve! This is our response to the global pandemic that continuously changes our lives and daily routines.
I’m glad that you’re here with me as we delve into the 8 effective strategies for how to increase student performance in online learning.
The education workforce is delving into the vast opportunities and challenges online teaching and learning holds for our students.
As learning delivery has become distant due to COVID 19 outbreak, schools all over the world take this challenge with a full embrace in the name of the students. The education of the child has to continue no matter what; hence, a teacher like me has to do my best to accommodate every learner under my care.
The big change in educational settings directs us to online learning and it’s very different from face-to-face learning. Online learning is a totally different scenario. That’s why teachers extend the extra mile to make the necessary preparations for their online classes and I am one of them.
Student engagement is indeed one of the challenges during online learning. Improving student’s performance is one of my greatest concerns and it calls for effective online teaching practices.
Successful online teaching means increasing student’s performance otherwise it will be a useless effort.
How to increase student’s performance in online learning
8 Effective Strategies on How to Increase Student Performance in Online Learning
1. Teaching pedagogy and style
How can we dynamically deliver content and enhance interactive learning?
It was with deep gratitude that I came across Pearson’s 9 Strategies for Effective online teaching and I was able to get incredible tips on how to go about online teaching without overthinking of perfect ways.
Getting started with an online environment is less daunting if we are ready and are prepared with our best online teaching pedagogy. Yet yours may not work with all types of learners but there’s always room for collaboration with other teachers. Our concern is not only about making meaning with content but also offering the best learning experiences for our students.
Online remote teaching has to become interactive to keep students engaged and connected. With this in mind, I have to take a careful review of varied online teaching pedagogies and styles to accommodate diverse learners.
As I go over and master content, I have to design different ways to deliver it to my students in a way that will create interactive learning experiences. Moreover, the student’s performance will be determined best using different interactive assessment tools.
2. Use the most appropriate platforms
Do you think a single online platform will accommodate all types of learners and instructional activities?
Even though teaching and learning happen behind screens, teachers can still make use of small group discussions, think-pair-share, and student collaboration using Google classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Group chats, WhatsApp, Google Meet, and many more online tools.
“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” – R. Buckminster Fuller, author, inventor, architect, futurist
Using the best communication tools for online delivery of instruction could mean heightened sensitivity to different student learning styles. These tools maximize our teaching time and make working from home not stressful at all.
3. Choose reliable technology but never expect it to be perfect
Are you aware of technology’s strengths and weaknesses?
Even though the technology is quite advanced nowadays, it’s never a guarantee that the online paradigm of learning will be smooth flowing all throughout. Laggings, slow connections, bandwidth issues, and no connectivity will happen.
Expect technical flaws to happen and get ready to troubleshoot and create supplementary learning materials for these technical imperfections so you will not get too overwhelmed.
Hence, it’s only reasonable to consider not only the amazing features of technology but also, it’s cons that can cause disruptions anytime. As you can see, this new learning environment relies too much on the advent of technology, but it’s never perfect. It is just fair to expect the unexpected, so you won’t be disappointed.
4. Be ready to build community
How to build strong relationships with students while behind screens?
In the online environment, teachers have to extend ways to reach out to students and create a space for them to interact with one another to develop socio-skills.
As you go along with your synchronous live sessions, always delve into the individual personhood of your learners by always getting them involved and connected and not separated.
To keep track of my students, I encouraged them to always reach out through chatting, deepened questions, and answer portions through Zoom or Google Meet. I let them use the snap camera at times so they will enjoy and have fun learning.
Building rapport with my students flourishes not only because of the platforms used but by the genuine care and passion I have shown. It’s the best ingredient to let your students know that you are always there at the end of the line. I do my best to respond to each one of them and for me it’s essential.
5. Magnify your presence
How do students feel that there’s somebody behind the screen who guides and leads them?
Within an online discussion, I address the individual concerns of my students as much as possible. This is a way of magnifying my presence so they will be confident that they are served with the best learning experiences relevant to their interests.
Duquesne University shares incredible tips on how to establish an online teaching presence that involves the teacher as the designer and facilitator of the online course.
By letting the students know that you are there to lead and to guide their educational experience will be impactful on their being. Your personality and your teaching style should always leave a good impression on your students. Let it be intentional and creative.
6. Combine asynchronous and synchronous learning
How to make online learning uninterrupted?
Asynchronous learning delivery pertains to instructional activities that happen without real-time interactions. On the other hand, synchronous learning is an online instruction that happens in real-time and involves live interactions.
From my standpoint, I am more confident with the perfect blend of live discussions and recorded video simulations. Since live presentations can be affected by internet connectivity, it’s just right and proper to prepare recorded video presentations for our students and get in touch with asynchronous learning delivery.
Prerecorded lessons can help students master a certain skill at their self-pacing mechanics anytime. This is one of the most distinctive features of asynchronous learning which can be a solution to bandwidth problems in a live session. It’s always a good thing to have resources to go back to just in case.
7. Set expectations and norms
Face-to-face learning is always set with expectations and norms right from the beginning of classes. But, what about in online education?
Even though students will be more active behind screens through online education, teachers should not underestimate the importance of setting class expectations and norms. It’s very critical in the teaching-learning process.
Establishing a clear set of expectations and norms as you set in will highly benefit your student’s success in learning. Your students should know what to expect in the new learning environment and should be guided by what you expect from them.
8. Motivate students and be flexible
Why does motivation always matter?
To promote the active involvement of your students in an online setting, although they can’t see you physically, your strong determination to teach should be felt by your students. Your passion and dedication motivate your learners to do their best too.
“Correction does much, but encouragement does more” – Johann Wolfgang von Geothe
Your students should be recognized and valued; hence, you get them involved!
Your teaching styles should best encapsulate your encouragement and flexibility. Remember, you are not in a traditional setting anymore and your physical presence is not accessible. So, can you support your online learners?
Although in a streamlined setup, you can still give updated feedback and it’s critical for student’s learning so they will know how they are and where they are.
In practice, I am sensitive to my student’s ways of perceiving instructions as they are very diverse. Some of them learn best through visual presentations while others are hooked more in audio instructions. Therefore, using a variety of teaching methods in online education always rings a bell.
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It’s a wrap-up!
As online education is getting more accessible at this time, teachers have to be ready to give students equitable access to learning.
The quality of learning experiences for students of all kinds primarily depends on our dedication as teachers.
We should extend our efforts in crafting enriching lessons for our students to increase their participation and performance. In doing so, our enthusiasm to teach will inspire our learners and they will become more productive and successful. Do so for you to earn the most rewarding experience in teaching!