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Remote Teaching - Engaging students when teaching online

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Webinar given for the IATEFL LTSIG Fridays event on 10th April 2020. After a brief introduction to teaching online (remote teaching), the presentation looks at the challenges for keeping students engaged; what CPD is necessary for remote teachers (based on observations/surveys); what makes a good remote teacher; and it ends with a look at using virtual backgrounds in Zoom.

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Remote Teaching - Engaging students when teaching online

  1. 1. Graham Stanley IATEFL LTSIG Newsletter Editor graham.stanley@ltsig.org.uk @grahamstanley Remote Teaching Communicating effectively and keeping learners’ attention 10 April 2020 Teaching live online
  2. 2. Me and Remote Teaching 2012-2018 Ceibal en Inglés, Uruguay 2019-> EES Lead, British Council Mexico Co-Author, Digital Play: Computer Games and Learning Aims (Delta, 2011) Author, Language Learning with Technology (CUP, 2013) Editor, Remote Teaching (British Council, 2019) https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/in novations-education-remote-teaching
  3. 3. LTSIG Newsletter This special edition on Remote Teaching is available to all IATEFL members. Interviews with Carol Rainbow; Nick Bilborough; Anne Fox; Lindsay Clandfield; Gavin Dudeney; Helen Legge; Marion Odell. Remote Teaching tips and tricks! To access, log in to https://www.iatefl.org/ and click on 'My Resources’.
  4. 4. What is Remote Teaching? Remote Teaching is teaching live online Remote teaching is usually combined (blended) with asynchronous computer- mediated-communication (CMC), most typically through the use of a Learning Management System (LMS). The objective of remote teaching is to achieve normalization (Bax, 2003*), i.e. the technology should as far as possible disappear, to become invisible. * http://www.tesl-ej.org/ej36/f1.pdf Remote language teaching is the practice of teaching a language live online through videoconferencing.
  5. 5. Use of the c______. Use realia; zoom in and out; show something other than yourself. Be f____ with the t_______. Keeping the attention of students online can be a challenge. Trouble__________. Have a plan B up your sleeve. B____ l______. Exaggerate gestures and face expressions. Gesticulate, use mannerisms, posture and stance to convey emotion. U__ of V____. Vary the Volume; change the tone; vary the pace. M_____ d________. Keeping the attention of students online can be a challenge. E__ contact and s_____ presence. How can you best establish eye contact with students when teaching remotely? Don’t be just a t____ h_____. If you want your lesson to be memorable, don’t just present yourself as a talking head. Remote Teaching: What are the challenges?
  6. 6. Use of the camera. Use realia; zoom in and out; show something other than yourself. Be familiar with the technology. Keeping the attention of students online can be a challenge. Troubleshooting. Have a plan B. up your sleeve. Body language. Exaggerate gestures and face expressions. Gesticulate, use mannerisms, posture and stance to convey emotion. Use of Voice. Vary the Volume; change the tone; vary the pace. Minimise distractions. Keeping the attention of students online can be a challenge. Eye contact and screen presence. How can you best establish eye contact with students when teaching remotely? Don’t be just a talking head. If you want your lesson to be memorable, don’t just present yourself as a talking head. Remote Teaching: What are the challenges?
  7. 7. Eye contact and screen presence. How can you best establish eye contact with students when teaching remotely?
  8. 8. Don’t be just a talking head. If you want your lesson to be memorable, don’t just present yourself as a talking head.
  9. 9. Body language. Exaggerate gestures and face expressions. Gesticulate, use mannerisms, posture and stance to convey emotion.
  10. 10. Use of Voice. Vary the volume; change the tone; use a low or high pitch of voice; vary the pace.
  11. 11. Minimise distractions. Keeping the attention of students online can be a challenge.
  12. 12. Use of the camera. Use realia; zoom in and out; show something other than yourself.
  13. 13. Be familiar with the technology. Keeping the attention of students online can be a challenge.
  14. 14. Troubleshooting. Have a plan B. up your sleeve.
  15. 15. Remote Teaching What about you? What challenges/ difficulties have you experienced? Do you have any tips to keep your students engaged?
  16. 16. Remote Teaching and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Alicia Artusi & Graham Stanley (2020) How is remote teaching different from face-to-face classroom teaching and how might that affect your approach to CPD? What do you think? https://ltsig.iatefl.org/new-research-book/
  17. 17. Teaching for Success CPD framework for teachers https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/british-council-cpd-framework
  18. 18. Which of the professional practices are approached differently when remote teaching? https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/british-council-cpd-framework
  19. 19. Different approach Lesson planning - Choice and use of materials / resources Classroom management - Creating a positive learning environment - Managing interaction and participation Learning technologies - Use of the camera, sound, online tools
  20. 20. A good remote teacher… ...adapts the objectives of the lesson to the characteristics of the class, culture, age, needs and interests ...anticipates problems of teaching remotely and thinks of solutions with the classroom teacher ...deals with the unexpected ...trains the students to use the LMS (learning management system) so they become independent learners ...promotes collaborative work in the LMS ...uses props, toys, posters, puppets, plays games, etc. ...uses gestures, smiles, stands-up (i.e. does not sit all the time) ...enjoys the lesson along with the students ...has online and offline resources ready before starting... is camera-aware and tries out new ways of transcending the screen. https://ltsig.iatefl.org/new-research-book/
  21. 21. Zoom Virtual Backgrounds WHY? HOW? WHEN? WHAT? WHERE?
  22. 22. BEST SIZE – 1280 x 720
  23. 23. Graham Stanley IATEFL LTSIG Newsletter Editor graham.stanley@ltsig.org.uk @grahamstanley Remote Teaching Communicating effectively and keeping learners’ attention 10 April 2020 Teaching live online

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