The search for the best and most effective teaching strategies is a never-ending task for many teachers and administrators. In today's Internet driven world, the best teachers are at a serious advantage over their less talented peers because they have access to the most up-to-date tools and techniques for online teaching. Unfortunately, many educators fall short of meeting the expectations of their online students because they lack the strategic planning and skills to implement these teaching strategies. If you're facing this issue, don't despair, here are some great ideas for integrating learning into your teaching and learning strategies:
Teaching can be broken down into many individual components that can be combined in countless ways, so it's best to break your teaching down into core techniques that will bring your online students to a successful end. Here are a few key areas that I've seen successful teachers cover in detail in eLearning courses: Collaborative Learning, Electronic Resources, Live Assignments, Online Based Assignments and Homework. You can easily learn more about each of these core areas by visiting the websites below. I highly recommend that you spend a few hours a week implementing these techniques into your teaching.
Once you have covered these core areas of teaching, you will then want to take some time to review your existing eLearning courses. Are there areas that you could further develop? For example, have you considered incorporating video into your lessons or incorporating online collaboration into your lessons? Some people have found these techniques to be extremely useful, while others still haven't found them to be useful. Spend some time looking into these techniques and see if you can't integrate them into your teaching.
As you can probably tell by now, there are numerous ways to make the most of your teaching time online. However, none of these techniques will bring you the most success until you build in some real strategies that you can practice day in and day out. The first strategy that you need to implement is to develop a strong online teaching community. Don't think about creating your own group, because it just doesn't work. Instead, find some other groups in your particular niche and create an online forum so that you can connect with your fellow instructors. A good forum will allow you to reach out to your students and discuss your strategies with other teachers.
Another teaching strategy that you must implement is to try to be consistent with your teaching. Don't start your day with an online lesson or lecture, and don't end your day with an online lecture either. Try to keep a consistent timetable with your online lectures and online lessons. Some people have found that keeping a set lecture time works best, while others find that their lectures drag on for way too long . . . . . . a time period.
These are just two of the many different teaching strategies that you can use. It is up to you to find what works best for you and your students. Make sure that you implement any and all teaching strategies that you find effective, and you will see a marked improvement in your student's scores on the tests that you grade them for.