Please find at this link a live webinar, registered on our Facebook page, introductive to this online course.
Do online lessons bring about similar or different problems than face-to-face classes?
This e-course tackles some of the most common difficulties educators can face in any class, makes you more aware of some psycho-social dynamics underpinning them and covers some easy strategies that can help you make your lessons more engaging.
You will see that online teaching reproduces similar issues you can face in a live class, so you will explore examples and create your own solutions to be ready to manage those difficulties in all kinds of educational environments, including online ones.
Topic 1: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Learning
Are intrinsic and extrinsic motivations equally important? Are they two separate notions? Which is the interplay between them? In this lesson, we’ll have a much closer look at how these two different kinds of motivation come into play in students’ activities and we’ll understand how learning processes can be supported by each kind of motivation.
Topic 2: Making learning relevant to students
“Teacher, why should I study this?” …Nobody would learn something that seems meaningless! This lesson revolves around the notion of relevance. It will give participants food for thought on how to make learning contents more meaningful for students and how to possibly connect them to real life.
Topic 3: Collaboration in the classroom: some ideas
This lesson will walk you through the discovery and practice of some models for group work (such as the “Jigsaw” and “Think-Pair-Share”). We’ll see how they can be used during both live and online classes.
Topic 4: Student-centred approaches
Students are usually more motivated, more eager to collaborate and understand the assessment process better if they can have an active role in the learning process. That corresponds to involving them in meaningful, student-centered activities… During this lesson, we’ll discover some, such as task and project-based learning.
Topic 5: Evaluation: rubrics. What are they? How can I create them?
This lesson tackles one of the most common headaches – both for teachers and students: assessment and evaluation. The focus will be on rubrics, which are very useful tools to assess complex tasks, and make the evaluation process a chance for growth and self-knowledge. We’ll also see how tailor-made rubrics can be easily created.