The era of e-classrooms has already begun. Online learning is being fostered exponentially with the best efforts and technology as the pandemic is overshadowing the traditional schooling everywhere. Now, the purpose is to make the online learning experience as interactive as possible, so as to engage students more during the online classes. There are several constraints that have to be worked upon to provide a seamless e-learning experience to all students. One of the most important constraints is to identify the struggling students and to help them interact more comfortably in e-classrooms.
- 1 Here are 10 tips that will give you an insight into making your e-classrooms more interactive.
- 1.1 Seek feedback from your students constantly
- 1.2 Do not miss out on the white-board explanation
- 1.3 Visual-clips Make Learning Easier
- 1.4 Conduct online student-led group study sessions
- 1.5 Keep a tab on the class performance of students
- 1.6 Introduce interactive elements in the e-classroom
- 1.7 Incorporate some fun animations
- 1.8 Encourage peer checking for assignments
- 1.9 Retain a social vibe
Here are 10 tips that will give you an insight into making your e-classrooms more interactive.
Seek feedback from your students constantly
The key to making your e-classroom more interactive is listening to your students. For those students who attend an e-classroom for the first time, the desire for participation during the session is always sky-high. However, after a week or maybe after a few weeks, it cannot be expected that every student will participate actively in an e-classroom. The only way teachers can keep their students glued to the shared-screens of video conferencing is by seeking their feedback on the class content.
Many students shy away from sharing their doubts or from speaking up when they face any difficulty in following the lessons in an e-classroom. At times, even if they attend the online classes, they just pretend to follow and lose interest otherwise. This laid-back attitude can be done away with if teachers welcomingly accept students’ suggestions and coordinate the upcoming classes accordingly. So, feedback sessions should be conducted ideally at the end of every session, and suggestions from students should be taken into account.
Do not miss out on the white-board explanation
Even though e-classrooms have become indispensable at present, a few features of traditional school classrooms cannot be neglected totally. One such mandatory old-school feature is the white-board explanation. This works for most theories and concepts of academics. For example, students can relate the most when teachers explain the stepwise working-out of a Math problem or the stepwise derivation of any Physics formula. It becomes more interactive if teachers work-out the entire solutions on the whiteboard, right from scratch during the live classes, so that students can ask their doubts straight away. Hence, white-board explanations must be included in the online classes.
Visual-clips Make Learning Easier
Time and again it has been proven that visual clips induce more responsive feedback from students. In an e-classroom wherein an instructor or teacher leads a group of students, it is very important that students pay the best of their attention. Visual clips or short audio-visuals play an important role here, as surveys say that most students exhibit a higher level of retention when the lessons are taught through videos. For example, when the life processes of humans such as digestion or double circulation are explained with the help of colourful videos, students can understand every step of the process more easily. Since they get to see the flow of information in the video, learning and memorizing the same takes much less time for the students.
Conduct online student-led group study sessions
Students are likely to participate in the e-classrooms more when there are group-study sessions. Now, the question is how to arrange a group study session that is sufficiently interactive for all students. Well, let your students play the role of the class instructor for a day. Often the difficulty faced by students in understanding any concept is not visible for the teachers, in an e-classroom. However, it is always convenient for students to discuss their doubts with their fellow classmates. So, a student-led e-classroom can stir up more interaction and participation from all the students.
- Conduct surprise tests
There are days when most students do not show active participation in the class and this can make the whole essence of an e-classroom dull. So teachers are suggested to conduct surprise tests on such days, to help students renew their energies and make the best of it during the class. Also, surprise tests will help teachers to evaluate the quality of understanding among students.
Keep a tab on the class performance of students
As stated above, elements like surprise tests are much needed to evaluate the level of understanding among students. The main purpose here is to keep a tab on the class performance of students. Students may tend to lose interest in the class at times, so it is necessary to monitor their performance every day. The advanced features of Artificial Intelligence come in handy here. Vedantu Wave is acing the Edtech realms with various AI incorporations on their live learning platform. It has a unique feature of Hotspot that enables teachers to make any part of the shared screen clickable. The AI features help to monitor the class performance of students by tracking their facial expressions, analyzing their activities on the screen and handwriting. This helps teachers to work on the areas that can enhance students’ engagement and make the e-learning process more interactive.
Introduce interactive elements in the e-classroom
By introducing interactive elements such as short quiz sessions and live-chats, the environment of traditional classrooms can be simulated in the online classrooms. Students are more likely to be engaged in the class if there is a sense of healthy competition with their fellow classmates. Also, such short quizzes will help the teachers to analyze where exactly the students stand with the syllabus covered.
Incorporate some fun animations
Fun animations make a visual treat for all. So appreciating students with some customized animations will make online learning even more fun for them. For example, a quote of ‘well done’ or ‘better luck next time’ with some audio-visual animations will be an exciting gesture for students learning online. This will cut down the sense of monotony that may develop among students with long hours of study.
Encourage peer checking for assignments
The added responsibility for teachers conducting e-classrooms is that they need to ensure that their students are well engaged in the class. Among the various ways to achieve better participation and engagement of students in an e-classroom, peer checking is one. Especially, for the surprise tests, peer checking can work wonders. Also, it will help to maintain a connection among all the students in an e-classroom, wherein they will have first-hand knowledge of where they stand with respect to their peers.
When students get to share their personal experiences on certain occasions and festivals, it promotes a sense of belonging among them. This is an important aspect of any classroom, so it has to be taken into consideration for online classrooms as well. Encourage students to share their opinions and experiences on various topics like sports, current affairs, their native festivals, etc.
The points discussed above will certainly make the experience of online learning more engaging and realistic for all students. However, another important aspect of ensuring an interactive online learning environment is to reach out to students to check if they have any obstacles, such as if they have proper and consistent wi-fi or have access to digital devices. Taking care of all these points will help to put together a better e-classroom for every student.