The Virtual Teacher – online course
The virtual teacher [Part 1] is an online course aimed at teachers who need to adapt to an online and blended learning environment.
The coronavirus has disrupted life, as we know it. Needless to say, its impact on conventional schools has paralysed both teaching and learning. But given the online tools we have at our disposal, it is possible to adapt. Schools, teachers and students around the world are discovering the benefits of online learning: flexible scheduling, personalized learning, and expanded course offerings.
Delivering effective and engaging lessons online is a skill that all teachers need to learn if they want to remain relevant in the 21st century. Teachers need to move online and feel comfortable about it. This can be done only if you have the right tools and know-how.
This course – a set of four workshops – is for anyone interested in teaching online. It doesn’t matter whether you have taught for years or have just started to teach, or indeed what subjects you teach. The only requirement is that you are willing to learn, unlearn and relearn.
The course is divided into four workshops:
- Introduction to online and blended teaching
- Techniques for researching and curating online material
- How to develop lesson plans for online teaching
- A guide to delivering virtual lessons
Each workshop is 60 to 90 minutes in length and delivered online spread over two weeks. To register please fill the form below.
Note: All the workshops will be conducted online through Zoom.
Workshop 1: Introduction to online and blended teaching
Online and blended learning undoubtedly requires a shift in how we teach and learn. There is a shift away from top-down lecturing and passive students to a more interactive, collaborative approach in which students and teachers co-create the learning process. The teacher’s role must change from the “sage on the stage” to “the guide on the side.” So how do we make this shift, what are the main differences, how do we best prepare ourselves and our students, what are the main skills required?
During this workshop you will learn:
- How online teaching and learning is different from traditional methods of learning.
- Different models and essential practices for teaching in online and blended learning environments.
- Skills required for online teaching.
Workshop 2: Techniques for researching and curating online material
Have a question? Go to Google. Simple isn’t it? In recent times, Google has become an extension of our minds. Search for any term and Google will throw lakhs of results at us. We must know how to sift through them and reach the most appropriate and relevant ones in a timed manner.
Once we have the information we have been searching for, we also need to organise, curate and store it efficiently.
You will learn:
- How to use Google and other search platforms effectively for researching the information you are looking for.
- Assimilating search results efficiently.
- Organise, curate and store content through the use of free tools.
Workshop 3: How to develop lesson plans for online teaching
A lesson plan is the teacher’s road map of what students need to learn and how it will be done effectively during class time whether online or offline. Having a carefully constructed lesson plan allows the teachers to enter the online classroom with more confidence and maximize their chance of having a meaningful learning experience with their students.
You will learn:
- How to identify learning objectives.
- How to structure your lesson and manage your time effectively.
- How to plan specific activities and assessments.
- How to measure the effectiveness of your lesson.
Workshop 4: A guide to delivering virtual lessons
The most important part of online teaching is, of course, the delivery. It requires you to choose the right platform or platforms that suit your needs, comfort and audience and develop relevant content to suit the learning environment.
You will learn:
- What different platforms are available for online teaching?
- Advantages and disadvantages of different platforms.
- Tips and tricks for conducting lessons online.
Interested! Complete the form below and we'll be in touch.
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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.
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.
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.