In August, I registered for online seminars about how to create digital teaching resources and deliver sessions through online platforms.

There seems to be so much to learn!

I even took a seminar on basic PowerPoint skills, as it includes how to transform handout materials used for live teaching into effective digital content. Digital platforms keep being updated and have so much potential for teaching which is possible online but could be difficult to duplicate in a live classroom; for example, eliciting answers from all the students in the classroom and reviewing their opinions.

My work environment uses Google Apps rather than Office 365. I am learning the technology to use for student interactions. I have understood the importance of how to diversify teaching resources. It has been a great opportunity to gain knowledge of this, and even to change the way of thinking about delivering sessions.

 

I used to do a lot of quizzes in live teaching. One challenge now is how to transfer the resources into digital content that can be more engaging.

An online class could never be a reproduction of a live one, but some principles are the same. For example, a lower number of students in a classroom is always better. It is also possible to get online and live teaching styles closer when information is presented audibly and visually, and when we spend more time on interactive activities (more talk, more writing) rather than giving and receiving conceptual information. The key could be how to handle the latter.

Many articles say that online teaching makes students more passive. I am not sure if it is true.

Students can now access sufficient resources to enable them to learn a basic concept on their own by reading, searching, or watching videos. Teachers and lecturers could reduce the time they spend informing, and can teach students how to apply theories into practical relevance to solve a problem. To put it in an extreme way, perhaps this early phase of informing need not necessarily be done by the teacher or lecturer in the classroom. Casting doubt upon students’ abilities to do it themselves is already old-fashioned. But there are so many discussions around issues of online teaching, and we have encountered different perspectives and values regarding education at all different levels.

I will continue learning how to build digital contents for teaching, learning, and evaluating, and will write about them soon.