Designing assessments and activities for a virtual classroom

In the first part of ‘The Virtual Teacher: Part 1’ – a set of four workshops - teachers learned about the different models of online teaching and the skills needed to deliver engaging and effective lessons online. The workshops were a runaway success with more than 700 teachers from across the country participating.

'The Virtual Teacher: Part 2’ is a set of three workshops which focus on assessments and activities from a virtual classroom perspective but not limited to it.

The course is divided into three standalone workshops. Each workshop is certified by Quantum University. It is advised that teachers opt for all three workshops but teachers have the freedom to pick and choose what’s most relevant to them.

Course content:

The course is divided into three workshops:

  1. Designing assessments for a virtual classroom
  2. Collaborative learning
  3. Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Each workshop is 60 to 90 minutes in length.

Course overview:

Workshop 1: Designing assessments for a virtual classroom

While assessments are often equated with traditional tests - educators can use a diverse array of assessment tools and methods to measure everything from a four-year-old’s readiness for kindergarten to a twelfth-grade student’s comprehension of advanced physics. Just as academic lessons have different functions, assessments are typically designed to measure specific elements of learning—e.g., the level of knowledge a student already has about the concept or the skill the teacher is planning to teach or the ability to comprehend and analyse different types of texts and readings. Assessments also are used to identify individual student weaknesses and strengths so that educators can provide specialised academic support.

During this workshop teachers will learn about:

  • The definition of assessments (in the 21st century)
  • Types of assessments
  • Top 10 ways to assess their students
  • Digital tools available for assessments

Workshop 2: Collaborative learning

Research shows that educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning. Working together to solve problems and complete projects deepen students' learning and build collaborative skills.

During this workshop teachers will learn about:

  1. Collaborative learning and its benefits
  2. Tuckman's model
  3. Strategies for collaborative online learning
  4. How to design activities
  5. Examples of collaborative learning

Workshop 3: Project-Based Learning (PBL)

The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today's world. Solving highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem-solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesising, utilizing high tech tools). With this combination of skills, students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher.

During this workshop teachers will learn about:

  • PBL
  • Essential project design elements
  • How to create a project-based learning lesson
  • 20 smart ideas for a PBL lesson

Please note that there is a small charge for each workshop, discounts apply if you choose to attend all three. Fees, preference options and timings will be shared after registration.

To register please complete the following registration form, selecting Virtual Teacher: Part 2 from the drop down. You are also welcome to register for Virtual Teacher: Part 1 if you missed it. You can use the same form to do so.

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    1Dilip George | Principal, Doon International School - Riverside Campus
    It gives me immense pleasure in writing this testimonial for Mr. Madhukar Dhimar, Director, Rosmounts Institute.

    Mr. Madhukar’s passion to upskill students and teachers was truly evident in his initiative to conduct the online sessions for teachers on the topic “The Virtual Teacher” during this lock down period.

    His sessions covered topics like Blended Learning, How to Research and Curate, Flipped Classroom, etc.

    Five of us from Doon International School Riverside Campus, Dehradun, including the Vice Principal, Coordinators and I, attended the sessions through Zoom Meetings.

    It was an enriching experience for all of us and the same is being shared amongst other teachers of our school. We have also started the practical application of the learning acquired through Mr. Dhiman’s sessions.

    I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Dhiman for this initiative of his and congratulate him for the successful completion of the sessions. I am sure that all participants of these sessions from various schools have had an enriching learning experience.

    2Monisha Dutta | Director, Vantage Hall and Doon Girls School

    Dear Mr Madhukar,

    Please accept our sincere gratitude for timely conducting the session on The Virtual Teacher. It was indeed of great help to all of us. Many of our teachers have been able to take the transition from a regular teacher to a virtual teacher much better courtesy your sessions.

    Your sessions covered everything required to be able to conduct online and offline sessions. The links provided to explore options and sites to make the lessons interesting were very helpful. The best part of these workshops was the importance of curating the lessons. You have left all of us with enough material and desire to curate our lessons thoughtfully. We have been enlightened on how easily it can be done if the resources are used properly. 

    Thank you once again for conducting this set of workshops at a time when most of us were struggling to transit. Your sessions have not just helped us transit but also transit smoothly.

    Looking forward to more sessions from you.

    3Meenakshi Dhawan | Principal of The Poly Kids

    Dear Ma'am,

    This is to inform you that the session conducted yesterday was very informative and taught us many new aspects in a better way. Keep up the good work.

    4Namita Sawhney | Secondary School teacher
    It was a great experience, very informative and at the same time very motivational.
    5Kavita Jaiswal | Primary School teacher
    It was an informative session. Got to know the importance of blended teaching. Mr Madhukar did a good job and was successful in conveying the message of effective learning through blended teaching.
    6Harmeet Sharma | Primary school teacher
    The workshop was very informative and insightful. It has broadened my scope on how to refine Google research. It has also motivated me to make my own Flipboard magazine. Thank you for inviting me.
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