Engaging students in an online class

  1. In offline classes, you might be able to look into the eyes of students and figure out whether class has learned or not but now you dont have that luxury. So rather than saying “whoever has not understood something, can raise their hand and ask question”, you can say “ write down any questions you have and I will answer them one by one”. I have tried this multiple times in my online sessions and people are far more responsive this way.
  2. Another way to gauge the understanding of class is to have ready made poll based questions ready for your lecture and launch those questions in the interval of 6–7 minutes after finishing teaching a sub topic or definition.
  3. When watching an online lecture, people might not be interested in watching your face unless the variety of expressions in your face can rival Emma Watson. It is better to have presentation slides and other multimedia content ready for display. Rather than just watching you talking, they would be interested in knowing what you are doing while teaching them. Better to involve students as well using some collaborative annotation tool.
  4. Divide your lessons in chunks of 10 minutes so that all independent parts in the lessons can be evaluated separately and you can engage the students without losing them in middle of a long lecture

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