When asked how to teach online, some may answer this question, “it’s like paying someone to teach you how to code.” However, this is not the case.
Learning How To Teach Online
I graduated from college with a minor in Computer Science, and while I certainly loved the subject matter and my education it wasn’t enough for me to make a career out of it. I wanted to teach. And that’s when online learning became possible. These days I’m a content developer with a focus on learning platforms. In other words, I’m helping companies launch their own courses, create applications, and enhance their brand. That doesn’t mean I’m not still a workaholic – I am! – but it is allowing me to really dive into something I love.
Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a corporate mentor, learning online teaches you amazing benefits, including…
1. A flexible schedule!
The flexibility of online courses makes it easy to work from anywhere. You can opt to have your class online every day, or you can personalize your schedule and have it only take place three to four times a week. Whether you’re taking a class through an online learning platform, like Udemy, Coursera, or edX, or just a regular course, online classes give you more choice.
2. Student feedback!
Using student feedback to develop your content is the best way to improve an online course. Learning platforms like Coursera and Udemy offer free live surveys and “Ask Me Anything” questions, allowing students to directly recommend what they like or don’t like about the material. Teaching materials are also posted for review on their respective website and so can be summarized in an entire paragraph or two. They often also have a section for alumni comments. In my career, I’ve discovered that in addition to users providing feedback, they can also serve as a source of information, examples, and examples that you may find useful in your teaching yourself.
3. Self-paced teaching!
Every online course you teach is self-paced. You begin with an outline of the topic (topics are generated by the content platform you are using) and then focus your attention on these topics. You can get as personal as you want, and you can make use of notes, a concept log, and classroom quizzes. Most online learning platforms will allow you to incorporate quizzes and assessments into your class. When you talk to yourself about those things you like and dislike, you can incorporate it into the content your students are studying.
4. Opportunity to collaborate with other teachers!
While online courses are best used by educators with expertise in the same subject area, your class can be used to learn from other people who do different things. You can “workshop” together, analyze the content together, form peer review panels together, or even collaborate on a new video or educational content. That means you get the best of both worlds – access to the expertise of others in the field but also the freedom to use it your own way.
5. Powerful tools to deliver your teaching!
You’re always teaching. You need tools that will help you keep track of everything you’re learning in your class and how it relates to the content you’re teaching. Not only do you need a tool for web-based grading and assessment, but you need a quality learning platform that can be used online and offline to deliver your lessons. Learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and edX allow you to add test questions to your class so you can show your students how to use a particular tool. There are also tools like Notehall and QuickStart that help you reinforce lessons and remind you when you’ve forgotten something.
6. You get to learn from others!
While online classes offer lots of flexibility and useful tools, there’s one thing that many people don’t realize about online learning: you get to learn from others! When your class is online, you can invite people you know from your workplace to join you. (At some of the online learning platforms you’ll actually get to choose who participates in your classes.) You can even ask people from your target audience to give advice or participate in your lesson and class discussions. Even if you can’t bring them into your class, it’s a great way to engage your students!
With all of these benefits, you’ll be surprised how you can turn your online schooling experience into something you can be proud of!