The pandemic has boosted the online modality, making elearning and hybrid training the ideal alternative. In times of crisis, professionals are more committed to training, since updating their knowledge is the fastest way to qualitatively and quantitatively improve working conditions. Without going any further, IEBS Business School, the leading digital business school in online training, closed 2020 registering up to 80% more enrollments than the previous year .
In this sense, many teachers have had to adapt overnight to this new mode of teaching online. For this reason, on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, which is celebrated every October 5, IEBS offers seven tips to be a good teacher when teaching online:
– Use of chat and instant messaging : Communication is key to comprehensive and personalized training. The great challenge of online training is to achieve that follow-up that face-to-face offers and, for this, the use of tools that catalyze students and teachers is essential. Using the chat in the trainings given live via video call or creating a group on Telegram or WhatsApp for the whole class facilitates the day-to-day of the subjects and encourages students to ask questions and resolve doubts.
– Visual elements : Visual elements such as videos, images or graphic resources are a great support in online classes and a very valuable teaching tool. Multimedia resources are one of the greatest advantages of this type of training, since they help to recreate experiences and facilitate the retention of knowledge. Even so, it is recommended that they be used in small doses so that it is easy for the student to digest and does not lose attention.
– Gamification : Gamification is the use of typical game elements such as scores or competition with other users. It consists of extracting the game mechanics, which is what makes it “addictive”, and taking them to other experiences, as in the case of online training. Gamification generates motivation, helps in concentration and loyalty to the student, since it is based on the design of experiences to digitally involve students.
– Adapt the methodology : The material that a teacher who teaches classes online must have is not the same as if it were face-to-face. It is much more than talking on video or uploading PDF’s to a virtual campus. The teacher must have material adapted to digital techniques, with resources, links, reports and content available at all times so that students can expand their knowledge flexibly.
– Finding the right platform : Having a suitable platform is also essential. Normally each organization puts it but, in the case of being a freelance teacher, the tool must be able to take into account the number of people who will attend the classes and the time available. Each site offers different features, including group meeting and chat features. Today there are 100,000 LMS (Learning Management System), so it is becoming easier to create an online school.
– Get Feedback : A successful online teacher frequently collects student feedback to identify what works and what doesn’t. Once these comments have been analyzed and evaluated, the teacher must reflect on how to improve their classes and make improvements to get closer to the needs of the students. It is good to let the students know that their opinions are important and ask them if they have understood the explanations.
– Personalized attention : One of the great challenges of online training is to achieve those human relationships that face-to-face offers. To do this, teachers must make an extra effort to build a relationship with each of the members of the class. For example, offering virtual and individual office hours with each student, responding to messages sent by students through social networks or by email, etc. That is, prioritize the needs of the students.
“Los modelos de aprendizaje interactivos, la digitalización y el análisis de datos han supuesto el nacimiento de metodologías cada vez más enfocadas en las necesidades individuales de cada alumno. Poner al alumno en el centro del aprendizaje e incluso hacerle partícipe del proceso se ha convertido en la clave de la formación del futuro. Ya no son los espectadores, sino los protagonistas”, explica Oscar Fuente, Director y Fundador de IEBS. “Además, ahora más que nunca en la escuela contamos con docentes que son profesionales expertos y emprendedores de éxito que han innovado en su sector y que les apasiona enseñar lo que saben”, añade.
In this sense, IEBS Business School has an online and practical methodology that ensures the continuous training of professionals in these moments of so much uncertainty . Students learn from projects, just like working in a company, collaborating with their peers and following mentors.