Coronavirus, as a pandemic has led to the shutdowns of businesses, markets, and also schools and colleges. Amidst all this, educational institutes are now looking for an alternative to teaching in person. Zoom has come up as a solution to all such problems. It is an app that can be accessed on Mac, PC, iOS, or Android to conduct an online session for meetings and classes.
For those who are new to Zoom and wondering how to take online classes, here is what you need to do:
Before you invite students to an online class, you need to be familiar with the platform. Prepare for your zoom session. The simple steps are:
You can schedule your meetings and classes on Zoom. So, make a proper schedule of your classes so that your students get clear information. Mention which chapters you’ll be covering and by what date. Plan a beautiful and synchronous online session just like you would’ve done while taking an in-person class. This is important to let your students know how the class will progress.
Technical issues are an inseparable part of online meetings. However, you need to be prepared for them and have a backup plan, in case something goes wrong.
Abrupt shifting to online classes from physical schools might be stressing or distracting for teachers as well as the students. So, it becomes very important to build a sense of community so that you feel that you’re actually in a class and not in your living room. Ask your students to turn on their webcams so that they are visible to you. This will give you a vibe of physical class and also make students more concentrated as they would feel the teacher’s eyes are watching them constantly.
Use the chat tool and ask students to answer the questions. Don’t just listen but also keep students engaged just like you would in a class. For multiple-choice type questions, set up polls for answers. This will keep students concentrated during the class.
Most important of all, set up systems to record your session. Whether to the cloud or on the computer, you need to have your classes so that you can offer them to the students in the future, if need be.