Remember to respect different learning styles, especially the common:• auditory• kinesthetic/tactile• visual
Engage the learnerWhen presenting online, you lose the sense of “community” a room provides. You can create it in virtual space by meeting, interacting with, and collaborating with learners, just as in a classroom!
Technology need not stop you from “meeting” learners by:• breaking the ice• telling personal stories• encouraging discussion with you and among learners (done by enabling chat features)
Technology can aid you in interacting with your learners, using features such as:• polling• hand-raising• whiteboard* (plus old-school probing questions!) *merely a “digital chalkboard” or “electronic flipchart”)
Technology enables collaboration among learners separated by time or space. Use tried-and-true activities like:• document sharing• completing group exercises• making group decisions• solving problems as a group
Keep the ‘setting’ in mindA few final notes about online instruction:• attention wanes at 4 minutes• learners still appreciate handouts (even in digital format, such as PDF)• use audio, text, graphics, animation, video, hyperlinks, and more – because …
Variety is the spice of life! Watch Salman Kahn of Kahn Academy discuss the power of video in education.