Online learning is challenging at the best of times. Students have many demands on their time and energy, and study must be fitted in around those. But a pandemic adds a new level of anxiety and overwhelm to the online study experience. As teachers, what can we do about that? (more…)
Maintaining online student engagement is an ongoing challenge. Much has been written on the topic, with a range of innovative suggestions offered, such as gamification, real-time interactive activities, or flipped learning, for example. But there’s also a simpler, more “organic” approach you can use to increase student engagement. (more…)
The recent shift to teaching online has been sudden and widespread. It’s been difficult for many teachers to navigate this different teaching setting, especially with little-to-no notice. The pressure to become an expert in online teaching – and fast! – can be overwhelming. But there are ways to cut through the overwhelm. (more…)
Oh, what to tweet? What to tweet? For many online teachers and coaches, finding something worthy to tweet about is a real dilemma. But this problem is easily solved. Because as online teachers, we change the world every day. Our work is meaningful by definition. Of course we have plenty to share on Twitter! (more…)
In online teaching, simpler is usually better! Most online students start out feeling overwhelmed – perhaps as early as week one of your course. Usually, they’re juggling work, family, and a range of other commitments. As they already feel time-poor and harassed, they often see online learning as complicated and frustrating... (more…)
Do you need some serious guidance on how to use Twitter hashtags? You’re not alone. Many online teachers and coaches don’t know how to use hashtags. So most of us just ignore hashtags altogether. Does it even matter? Why use hashtags at all? I think it does matter. If you’re not using hashtags on Twitter, fewer people will hear your message. ...
I believe online teachers are real life superheroes. Of course we are. We impart new skills and knowledge. We change lives by offering our students a different future. In fact, we make the world a better place every day. And we don’t even need a cape or a sleek, shiny futuristic car to do it! (more…)
Twitter is a seriously overlooked professional tool for online teachers. It's so much more than a time-wasting distraction for teenagers. Use it the right way, and it becomes a career-boosting tool. Online teachers can increase their visibility, develop their networks, and get access to a whole world of teaching opportunities that are simply not available locally. So ...
Online teaching presents a unique professional challenge. You may interact with hundreds of students (and a handful of colleagues) every week. You may send dozens of emails, and return piles of carefully graded student work. But it’s very difficult to know whether your efforts are actually making a difference, isn’t it? (more…)