So, how to you make your online lessons easy and effective for your students? Here are a few tips to make it work.
Make time to try things out in advance
If students first experience with Zoom is in the classroom it’s likely that technically issues or students unfamiliarity with the platform will disrupt your classes.
So take some time to make sure your students have all they need and have also done a dry run. It only takes five minutes to call up your student and guide them through the steps and make sure they can connect with you, but it will make them feel much more at ease and make your classes much smoother.
Set up a page with clear instructions
This is a no brainer, but make sure your instructions include iOS devices, android devices, and computers, as everything is a bit different. Having something to refer people to will save you a lot of time in explanations.
Automate lesson invitations with uTeach Cloud
uTeach Cloud lets you access the Zoom api to create lessons (meetings) with a single click on the schedule, and automatically sends the Zoom meeting info & link at a preset time in the morning as well as a preset number of minutes before the class. This means that with a few clicks all of your classes can be set up on Zoom and shared with your students, greatly reducing the time it takes to manage and operate online.
Be prepared for anything
Some students won’t want to join on video, others will have microphones rubbing against their sweaters making noise the whole class, others will have family members arguing in the background. Be prepared! Don’t hesitate to turn off someone’s mic if their background noise is distracting when they’re not talking.
Online lessons won’t always work smoothly. People might hit their data limits and start to lag. Others might run out of battery during a class. Don’t worry! Let the students figure out the technical side on their own without disrupting the flow of the class too much.
Choose a room with a clean background and not much echo
It doesn’t matter much if your room is clean, as long as the area behind you is clean! Also, try not to use a square, empty room, as the echo chamber can make it difficult for learners to hear you.