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Around 1.4 billion students have been impacted by college and school closures across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many schools have been able to facilitate the continuity of education through online learning.

Academic agendas have been disrupted, and some students have limited access to the Internet. Teaching online can be challenging for professors who are not used to this new method of teaching. Still, the education industry continues to give its best and adapt to the ongoing changes quickly.

Outlined below are a few ways the faculty and students can collaborate once schools reopen.

An innovative way to think 

The faculty will be responsible for putting forward new techniques to encourage their students. This includes ways of keeping them motivated during class discussion. There are several ingenious teaching concepts, and teachers will have to assure that they’re implemented effectively. Furthermore, instructors have to come up with ways of providing proper guidance to those who require it.

Alterations in the teaching methods 

Since there will be changes in the academic schedule, teachers will have to reconsider their former plans rearing their subject, teaching material and assessment elements. By doing so, they’ll produce new methods to communicate with their students. Video teaching is replacing former lecturing modes until better ways are developed.

A change in study material 

Students’ study material is not the same how it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning material is being redesigned by the faculty, along with their teaching methodologies. Teachers are using top-notch online learning tools. A few software like Moodle and Blackboard have been of great assistance in such scenarios.

With interactive polling  through video teaching software, lecturers can find out how each student is performing and evaluate the areas that require improvement. Schools and universities have also developed new ways for students to upload their assignments online. Teachers are further sharing video lessons and uploading study material and guides online for the convenience of their students.

Resolving student matters 

The faculty will have to attend to student matters with care. These matters incorporate privacy of students, access to wifi and the stability of the network along with its speed. They’ll have to assign a flexible deadline and try not to push their students too hard keeping the above in mind.

Community 

Students are missing out on so many opportunities for face-to-face collaboration. It’s important to give them virtual opportunities that are more than just the chance to share knowledge, it’s the chance to build community by increasing gratitude, generosity, trust, and connection. Both the Reciprocity Ring exercise and the Givitas platform can help achieve these goals.

Blended learning 

Most people agree that learning face to face is more effective than online training. Faculty are coming up with creative ways to use both ways of teaching (virtual and face-to-face where it’s appropriate) to better the overall learning experience of the students. Blended learning can accommodate a personalized approach and scale simultaneously. Teachers are free to experiment with whatever online tools they find comfortable and utilise them accordingly.

Better preparation

Students can go through the teaching materials before their online class. By doing so, they’ll be familiar with the topics that the teacher will be discussing and be ready to engage in meaningful discussions. Online classes would be made more interactive.

The building of real-time virtual classrooms

Online teaching is unfolding into virtual classrooms. With numerous conferencing software like Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts Meet, video interactions in real-time are feasible. Furthermore, putting your point forward through live ‘chat rooms’ in the form of texts and videos are possible. These features tend to enable student engagement on a vast scale.

Conclusion

Every individual must be aware of the fact that change is inevitable and desirable. It solely depends on us in which way we leverage the situation. Whether we bend it to our favour or fail to grab the opportunity is up to us. In order for our education systems to succeed, both students and the faculty will have to cooperate with each other and adapt to this new change as quickly as possible.

To learn more about how Givitas can help colleges and universities engage students, faculty, alumni, and other groups, download our academic solution sheet.

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About the Author

Mary Jones is the co-founder and editor-in-chief at TopMyGrades, which focuses on career counselling for university students in the US, Canada, UK and Australia. Mary also provides help with accounting assignments as an online service for University students to guide them in with actuarial courses and certifications. She has extensive experience in the accounting industry and has also authored blogs related to actuarial science on many digital publications.

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