Training is hard, and online training is probably even harder. Many of online authors and teachers think that their videos or webinars is the e-Learning at its best, but it’s not. On the one hand online learning allow authors to spread their knowledge to almost unlimited audience, on the other – this ruins quality of educational process, because amount of content becomes more important than its quality and communication with students.
To transfer the very best of your training experience to your growing online audience, just consider these 10 easy steps from our friends at iSpringSolutions to understand what’s important in online education process. Enjoy!
1. Always start with registration
Use the most of the registration process to engage your students and learn more about their interests. If it’s impossible to customize registration forms, then always get in touch with every student registered to learn more about his/her interests. Sometimes quick poll sent to their email is really enough.
2. Invite a guest speaker or expert
Even if you’re good at something, there are always experts who know even more. It’s not a shame to invite a guest expert and let your students enjoy additional knowledge. This will also boost your reputation!
3. Practice a lot
If you are just trying yourself as an online trainer, then practicing is definitely not a waste of time. Practice a lot to experience what it’s like to present your material in front of a computer. Rehearse your gestures, your voice, everything. Prepare yourself to engage with your unseen audience – this will reduce the awkwardness of teaching online.
4. Grab their attention
Be as creative as you can – use music, videos, slides, photos and more in your online course. Unless you’re ruining the quality of the educational content, you’re making it only better!
5. Your course is not an online meeting
It’s also not a sales presentation. Make sure your students don’t feel like they are attending a random online lecture. Start with creating a schedule to keep your audience on track. Then use quizzes, assignments and group goals to keep students engaged and focused.
6. Put your e-Learners first
Modern online students can learn anywhere, anytime, from any device. For example, receiving class updates via text or emails may feel more natural to adult learners than waiting for their instructor to hand back paper assignments. Try to think about what your students’ daily lives look like and mirror your coaching and feedback style around their needs.
7. Embrace “the second screen”
It’s impossible to completely eliminate the “second screen” (a cell phone, tablet, or background browser windows) when teaching online. To keep e-Learners focused, periodically embrace the second screen to alleviate students’ temptation to tune out.
8. Don’t make them wait for the feedback
Modern online students need immediate feedback. Whether it’s assignment results, input about the class or the certificate itself – do your best to provide the feedback as soon as you can.
9. Use recordings and old-good podcasts
Some people need more time than others to absorb the information. Most mobile learning platforms let you record, store, and share your sessions – so just send relevant recordings to students so they can revisit important information.
10. Follow up and keep in touch
Once your course is over, feel free to keep in touch with most active students and always send a follow up note to the whole class. Use this opportunity to ask for feedback on your teaching style and course material, ask for recommendations and more. Also, don’t forget to invite your existing students to participate in your coming courses and trainings.
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