Students have adapted to online learning pretty easily. Wake up, attend an online session on a device, chat, and leave. It has all been pretty simple for students during the lock down. On the other hand, teachers had to recreate the courses to suit online needs and make them more student-friendly. From creating new notes to designing flashcards, everything was done from scratch. Despite the inconveniences, teachers adapted to online learning as well. After all, the lock down continued for months.
There are some schools in different countries that are gradually reopening. The cases of Coronavirus are eventually decreasing and life is getting back to normal in many countries. Although, after spending months stuck at home, having everything at disposal, both teachers and students may find it hard to readjust to the good old education environment of face to face learning.
We have mentioned in our previous articles that online learning not only played the role of a savior during the lock down, but it proved to be extremely efficient for full-time use as well. Even the naysayers of online learning have realized its potential and importance in the tech-forward world. This would make it even harder for teachers to get back to the same old track. Teachers may want to be a little stringent and creative with their teaching methods to make face to face learning convenient and fun for students.
1- Class engagement
Class engagement is one thing that would add a new twist to the learning. Teachers will have difficulty reaching the students after a long time because of a lack of communication and distance that has developed between students and teachers. Communicating with students well help teachers find out about the needs of students and design their teaching techniques accordingly. By talking to the students, teachers would find it easy to work on their weak areas to create new techniques that are more student-friendly and efficient.
Online classes usually lack healthy engagement between teachers and students, therefore in the face to face classes boosted class engagement will be a new thing for students that will amplify their interest in learning. Teachers may introduce different activities so that they have a chance to talk with their students and students have a chance to communicate with their peers. This method will ensure that students don’t feel demotivated, bored, and lazy in the classroom. After studying on the internet for months it may be hard for students to actively participate in class activities therefore teachers may want to focus more on engagement and interaction.
As mentioned previously that students may find it hard to communicate and interact after months of staying at home, gamification might help teachers revive the same old energy. Gamification is a rather new technique in the educational sector. In this method, teachers use games to get students’ attention and have them participate in in-class activities.
In this approach, teachers can introduce different academic and nonacademic games in their classroom that would boost the interest of students and stir up their competitive side. For instance, teachers can create different quizzes from course books and create groups and teams within the classroom. There are many teachers who have shaped their classrooms based on gamification by creating teams and groups that are always competing with one another. This little trick would be good for student learning, class engagement, and will also fulfill our earlier purpose of class engagement.
3- Hybrid learning
No one is a fan of sudden change. Students have spent months in their houses learning from their devices using Google chrome for small tasks. It will not only be difficult for students to switch from online learning to face to face classes abruptly but this abrupt change also is unhealthy for their learning. Hybrid learning is an ideal technique that would help students gradually transition from online learning to face to face. It is a blended method of learning in which online and traditional methods are mixed to form one ideal learning method. Teachers may use online learning methods within the classroom such as uses of multimedia, mobile phones, laptops, podcast. Not only that but teachers can also divide learning between face to face classes and online learning. This can be done by boosting after class engagement through emails and other applications that students and teachers were using during the lock down.
Experts believe that the learning culture during the lock down will have a positive impact on future learning methods and techniques in the face to face education. The amalgam of traditional education and online learning will surely be a game-changer for students teachers and educationalists around the world.