Distance learning presents both challenges and opportunities as compared to face-to-face learning. Setting yourself up for success in a digital environment is different from a traditional brick-and-mortar educational environment. Although different, successful teaching and learning in a digital environment can be achieved when you have the right resources.
There are a plethora of distance learning resources available in the digital environment. Adobe Education Exchange is a great place to find free resources for teachers in the form of courses, blogs, and resource databases for every aspect of distance learning.
A key to successful digital learning is to make sure that you stick to a schedule. A recent Adobe Education Exchange article said that “while it may seem fun to work from home, it can be challenging to keep to a regular schedule.” Setting a specific schedule can help prevent roadblocks that can occur in both the teaching and the learning sides of education.
Since remote learning is new to many families, it is important to keep the parents engaged as well as the student. Introducing any new apps or software should be a family affair and not only for the students. When the parents are engaged in the learning process there is a greater chance of success for the students.
While it is easy to set assignments for students to complete, it is important to keep students engaged in the learning process. The STEM system offers opportunities for the students to research and problem-solve through interaction with their classmates. The STEM system allows you to organize virtual field trips. It also allows for guest speakers to lecture about chosen topics.
It is not enough to teach concepts to your students, it is imperative that their learning is monitored by consistent assessments of their learning. Assessments in a remote learning environment can be conducted through the use of chat boxes, online polling and discussion boards. These can take the place of pop quizzes and in-person class discussions that are key to successful learning.
Remote learning does not need to be difficult. There are numerous resources available that can be incorporated into lesson planning. These distance learning resources can all be accessed through the Adobe EDEX site. The site offers blog posts, videos and courses that can prepare anyone to teach and learn in a remote environment.
Lastly, when you are designing your course content, you need to avoid plagiarizing other sources. Always run your proposed content through a free plagiarism checker before distributing it to your students. Many times you might find that content that you have created is similar to that created by others. The plagiarism checker allows you to catch these similarities and change them prior to finalizing the document.
In order for remote education to be successful, it requires a combination of effective scheduling, engaging the whole family in the process, programs such as STEM, and consistent class assessments. The Adobe EDEX site offers you a path to the numerous resources that are available for successful remote education. These resources can make your transition to remote education an easy one.