HOW TO TEACH ONLINE ON ZOOM
An Advance level course on How to Teach on Zoom
What is Course Time for Zoom Advance?
75 Minutes (1 Hour and 15 Minutes)
Who will teach or train for this Course?
Any of below instructors:
Mahesh Jain or
Jayshree Kapadia or
More Instructors and facilitators are on-boarding
What is the Course Fee for the Live session?
INR 300 for one session (Batch Size: 30-50 participants)
When is Course Scheduled?
The Course is scheduled on the following Date and Time.
What will you learn from this Course in Zoom Advance?
How to use Zoom Whiteboard on Mobile and Computer
How to use Annotation Tools on Mobile and Computer
How to do Screen Sharing Advance Features
How to show PPT, PDF Files and Online Videos
How to use Breakout Rooms (Small Classroom discussion in different groups)
How to do Polling
How to do Indian Jugaad/alternative for Whiteboard
How to effectively use Smart Phone for teaching
Essentials Do’s and Don’t of Teaching Online.
How to safeguard against Cyber-Fraud
What are the requirements for taking Zoom Advance?
A Laptop or A Desktop or a Tablet or a Smartphone
A good pair of headphones (Recommended, not mandatory)
Previous knowledge of Zoom Essential and Zoom Basics
What will you get?
A Certificate of completion
An E-Book and a recorded edition of Video
Who should attend this Course?
An ideal course for Teachers who are teaching online but want to know advance features
How to enroll for the Course?
Register for any of below dates and time
Change of Date and Time is allowed once and should be communicated 24 Hours in advance.
What if I don't like the Course?
Full Refund of Course Fee (No Questions asked) or,
Attend one more session in next 7 Days
HOW TO TEACH ONLINE ON ZOOM
The motive here is to locate the robustness of a particular teaching platform, Zoom Online, thus, let us excavate and drill down the subject to obtain the exciting insight. The four minarets of the rapid success of this platform can be listed as:
User-friendly: Zoom requires a simple meeting invitation, and by simple meeting link, students can connect through a meeting or online class whereas for Google Meet or Hangouts, the invitation need to be accepted by the other side. For use in Mobile, Google Meet app needs to download which is nevertheless the case with Zoom.
Low cost: Zoom Web-conferencing feature is low-cost or Free for essential functions and is used by anyone or everyone by just making an account through a simple login.
Microsoft Teams require an initial payment to start with, though it’s one of the excellent platforms. Skype can also be used, but it has other drawbacks.
Google Meet is still not free for the individual. Though is expected to be launched in a few days from now i.e., May 2020.
Low Bandwidth: Skype was one of the most popular for teaching online. But, it is now losing ground for new users, and also old users are migrating to other platforms like Zoom.
The reason being that Skype requires higher bandwidth and has a connection problem.
Video and voice clarity: No app gives Voice and Video clarity as excellent as Zoom. For this, you need to experience using Zoom to understand its features.
The platform many a times being questioned for a major drawback it possesses:
There are vivid news and media reports that Zoom is trying to pierce into privacy acknowledgement and is available on the dark web.
There have been several cases of Zoom boming. Zoom boming voices out the disruption made into a live meeting by the unconditional intervention of any stranger.
Several breach-overcoming actions are being advised by the cyber branch, out of which the primed formulation to be instantly accomplished by the online zoom users is the creation of a unique mail id just for the sake of attending Zoom online teaching.
Regular email address should not be employed for the platform, at the same time, downloading shouldn’t be done as the application asks for various permissions’ allowance which may lead to indirect free-flow of the user’s privacy tapped in mobile phones and laptops.
Formulations depicting Online reach to Zoom employment:
Enter your newly created email address for account creation
Email notification would be immediately received as soon as the account is created
Post confirmation of email id, the free account has been created on Zoom and ready to be employed for.
It’s time to deep dive into specifications involved in the meeting conduction on Zoom, would term it as the vivid tools of Zoom Meeting:
Mute or Unmute:
It needs to be selected if the user is using earphones or microphones, he/she need to click, or it will be system’s automated configuration by default. The same goes for the speaker also.
There is a button to Test Speaker and Microphone. Trial and Error methodology works well here.
On several occasions, you will not need to even click on this button as software or application is designed in such a fashion, that it automatically selects or configures options without you also selecting or pressing any button.
Zoom Meeting will automatically get connected to user’s laptop camera, so it needs to be disabled. One can join a session with or without a video.
When video alternative is pressed, it automatically selects Laptop Webcam, and if using a desktop, one needs to have Webcam to access these features.
In default settings, according disabling can be devised for hosting or attending the meeting. This would almost simulate the classroom atmosphere in overall and proper check can be ensured on students’ progress in the online learning procedure.
Adequate testing of Video Settings features along with opting appropriate virtual background features is too an assistive tool for smooth meeting conduction.
The third tool is regarding Security breach eradication on which already appropriate light is being thrown. Thus, let us move to tool 4, i.e., Manage Participants.
Manage Participant's screen is to invite other participants through Zoom. Though it is recommended not to use these features to request the host can provide a Link, Meeting ID, and Password so that participants or students can Join meeting.
The moment, the invite button is clicked, Pop up Button with Meeting ID and Password will appear. Adequate and concerned screenshots are need to be gathered and properly disseminated via email or whatsapp for smooth allowance of learners to join the organized meeting.
The next demanding tool is Chat window feature on the application which allows the attendees as well as the organiser of the meeting to communicate when needed in texted format, high interpretability is attained for the users, sometimes voices get superimposed and due to destructive combination, audibility tapers down.
Let us dive into the specifications to be cared about when sharing the screen, the ultimate tool to be mentioned, so as to present the prepared teaching or presenting documentation. The documented format could be anything like ppt, pdf, word doc., or even in-built whiteboard feature employment, just to engage the session with high interpretability.
It involves some technicalities regarding sharing of screens on the laptop, asking the commencer/ presenter to display according to his/her convenience, say, display of portion of the screen, background interfacing, portrait visibility, display of content from the second(standby) camera, music/ computer sound invasion only, etc.
One of the primed feature that a Zoom faculty should be highly aware of is the proper employment of whiteboard element of the app, it allows the faculty to demonstrate as well as illustrate via the way he/she is comfortable in, with the aid of vivid dotted brushes of various colours, it’s quite similar to the interface provided in the paint section of our desktop version, thus easy to operate and become acquainted with.
Additionally, the faculty could allow even the learners to share their screen simultaneously for ensuring whether the proper notes is taken down by the students or not, or for checking the solution of the query asked, assignments given can be marked/corrected on the screen using dotted brushes, etc, thus, embedding the platform with a plethora of relevant offering versatility tools.
Let us wrap-up this articulation by presenting some of the formulations/ tips to engage the learners on the online mirror while teaching
Extracting out the creative skills of the learners
Emphasization on group projects
Proper interaction with the learners while they work
Solicitation followed by stratification of queries /questions
The blending of similar highlighted experiences of learners in framing coursework and learning outcomes
A-Z regarding Online Classes
1] How to start and grow Online classes
2] Strategies to keep the class engaging on the online mirror
3] Psychology effects in online teaching
Online learning is the burning demand of the hour. Currently, at every college and university across the country, we are pivoting quickly to online learning, also termed as 'Distance learning'. The learning procedure for anyone should never retard, it should be carried on irrespective of the conditional or unconditional approaching circumstances. To assist the significance of the mentioned verdict just now, online learning must be the apt keyword to be appropriately anchored. It provides the learner, a plethora of easiness with which he/she could enhance the knowledge base in a structured manner virtually. Various technological skillsets can be imbibed within and mastered efficiently via online learning, thus, making this methodology a phenomenal success.
How to start and grow Online Classes?
To start online classes, primarily, define your training goals
The very purpose of launching your online classes should be very much clear. Determine your superficial business metric and the impact you want to create through the courses. If you are an established business you could be taking online classes for different purposes. For instance, one of the reasons could be to train your clients about how to use certain tools.
On the other hand, if you are into the education business, you could be launching online classes to teach students beyond the four walls. Get it clear in the first step itself.
The three criticalities/ items you’ll need to define in the initial step:
Business goal: Define what are the financial and other growth outcomes you expect to bring into your business through your courses.
Teaching Goal: Define the teaching goals behind the launch of your course. Whether to help your clients master a tool or to teach a subject or help your customers use your products better.
Learning objectives: You need to clearly define what your learners will achieve by the end of the course.
Step 2: Outline your online classes
Divide the whole module into folders and sub-folders, containing topics and sub-topics. While planning out the whole module, keep in mind the learning objective.
Keep yourself in the place of the learners and try to determine the flow of your course content that would be most effective. Plan out a combination of the form of content which would be more engaging. Our educators who create audio visual content like videos or teach online live classes have apparently seen higher engagement.
Once you are done with the module planning, establish a tentative delivery timeline for those content. Make sure you document them.
Step 3: Build your online course content
The real work comes into play at this step.
You would start creating online course content at this step. However, the process need not be time-consuming.
Put together all the information you have accumulated till the current date.
Gather Developed Content
Think thoroughly and gather the content you already have developed. All the PowerPoint presentations, digital copies, training manuals, pre-recorded videos, product demos, support articles or any other form of content must be placed together.
Now, it’s time to organize those pieces in a cohesive manner. Don’t get overwhelmed by the overabundance of files you have gathered. It could lead to distraction. Hence, keep your content precise. Select only those materials which are in alignment with your learning objectives.
Now that your content is organized, determine the content you’ll need to
In order to address new active learners, try to engage in a diverse group of learning styles by creating all-inclusive curriculum.
Step 4: Engage your target learners
Now that you are done with the substantial part of creating online classes, it’s time to deliver it to your target audience. You have to plan on how to effectively deliver your course to your learners. The accessibility of your course is just as important as the content itself. If learners can’t access your course, they would never be able to see the course content.
By “accessibility” we’re referring to a learner’s first encounter of the course. It could be the course link or landing page. Structure the process of discovering your course of buying them in a way which is easy to navigate and value-filled.
You have many options to simplify online course access for your learners:
Email the course access link
Embed the link on your website
Share the links on your social media channels.
Include the link in products used by your learners.
Send the course access link through a text.
Provide the link in a chat channel
Based on the type of course platform you choose, you should enable the above options to introduce the course to your audience.
Step 5: Measure the engagement metrics
Once the learners have purchased the online course, track their progress and other metrics in your dashboard. Usually, platforms like Spayee provide full-fledged sales dashboard to instructors.
Measure the metrics.
Use them for the course evaluation & feedback.
Improve your course as you proceed.
Take your first set of learners as the sample learners who will provide you with their input regarding the flow of the program. Whether the training progress is logical or whether they stumble at certain points during the online classes. Obtaining their feedback would enable you to perfect the program before its official launch.
At this stage, if any technical glitches pop up, you can notify the service provider to get it rectified. If your mic didn’t work well or the video recording didn’t turn out to be smooth, you will have ample time to improvise and upload better content.
How to keep online teaching engaging?
Effective online teaching often requires more planning and considerable overall effort than the routined traditional classroom (in person) teaching of the same material. It's not at all a cup of tea to arrange or conduct an online platform for dozens of students at once smoothly, requires a lot of disciplined-mental energy and structured agenda for connecting to the masses virtually.
Let us not forget the mental hardships for those of us who did not grow up digital natives, it asks for a disciplined mental toil to be attentive to the online mirror. Visualizing the ongoing modality and status of upcoming years, it is the burning requirement for all of us to commence structuring our mindset following the trending flow of ‘connecting digitally’,’reaching-out digitally’, ’availing opportunities digitally’, ’mastering skillsets digitally’, ’learning digitally’, thus, experiencing the lifestyle digitally, that’s the supreme motive.
Now, the query arises, how to extract the element of enjoyment out of this methodology, as the prosperity of anything in this world is correlated with the source of enjoyment. Thus, let's pierce into the topic deeply to formulate some of the innovative as well as exciting engaging-driven approaches of online learning methodology. Formulation of approaches can be done for both the parties, let's first view it from the teacher’s perspective, what a teacher/online faculty should carry out for retention of as well as a satisfaction to the learners.
1)Extracting out the creative skills of the learners:
The faculties, while planning assignments, should visualize the fact that it should mimic the creative arena within the learners keeping in mind that what can be accurately done by the students in the digital environment. Agenda of delivery of knowledge should be well-defined and should be developed encompassing the pre-requisites, the learner possesses. Enabling them to co-create and peer-review should be a topmost executable plan on the agenda.
2)Emphasization on group projects:
To bring out the best in a collective manner, learners should be engaged in group projects, thus, they would be able to attain a report-card of their perspectives and would certainly, holistically hone their skillsets.
3)Proper interaction with the learners while they work:
Students should be acknowledged timely as a tool of feedback inputting, it may take the shape of whether it's commenting on a document as it is drafted online, dropping into a chatroom, or live sessions’ formal meeting. Articulating this type of atmosphere which is feedback-driven, is the sole gist of the constructivist verdict “the guide on the side”.
4)Solicitation followed by stratification of queries/questions:
Querries and suggestions should be encouraged from the user side and sufficient time needs to be allocated for it, thus, wide-opening the arena of inquisitiveness and keenness to acquire valid info for the learners.
Transparency would be ensured effectively via solicitation of queries followed by stratification to extract the gist of precise solution for the concerned user, be it an intellectual query or generalized one.
This approach includes reward or punishment provision to the users accordingly, thus, indirectly knotting their string of focus towards the involved task despite being not in person. This methodology of teaching is apt in today’s world where people seek instant action in response to their deed. It’s an unbias technique of engaging the learners in an online platform, where no one has the authority to complain against anything or anyone as everything remains designed-software-driven, virtual tutor taking feedback and providing the report-card as well as the respective reward.
6)The blending of similar highlighted experiences of learners in framing coursework and learning outcomes:
Tapping the real-time individual experiences’ amalgamated with ground reality of the learners and framing the coursework consisting of learning outcomes which would, with ease, in line with the former. As a result, it encourages the learners to involve in the course more deeply with keen inquisitiveness, hence, choking the void of lethargic mindset.
Thus, these were some of the notable articulated points which we analysed logically when on implementation, would certainly check the issue of active engagement from learners’ side in an online platform. This methodology would prosper with the aid of the above mentioned executable formulations and would certainly invite a revolution in the field of acquiring knowledge and mastering skillsets in the upcoming years.
Till now, the articulation was from faculties’ side, let's visualize the status from learners’ side too. Briefly voicing, students need to be self-interactive in the live sessions, would need to develop the innate ability to aspire for valid info regarding the subject, practical thinking should be the key, thus, must develop the keenness via infinite smart toil inlined with oriented focus.
Concluding the articulation by presenting to the readers some exciting facts and figures relevant to what we are discussing. The online platform has been till now, phenomenally successful, growing from 114 students its first year to 3200 students till this year, with high exciting rates of retention as well as satisfaction.
Their feedback includes a wide knowledge base acquirement with adequate experience of real-time market trends. There lie some exciting online platforms of engaging a learner with a faculty, which includes Zoom Online, Microsoft Team, Google Classroom, etc.
It provides the simulated atmosphere of in-person learning procedure as it includes the varied options of assignments evaluation, task-submission, online testing methodology via quizzes and proctored examinations, learners’ performance evaluation using AI algorithms, etc. These platforms with the application of structured AI and Machine learning algorithms, provide a wonderful organized base for education in this era, it now only depends on us, whether we employ it to become an asset or a liability to our society.
Psychology effects in Online Teaching: [Survey-based]
Online school has forced students, parents, and teachers alike to make a tremendous change in their daily routine. Although logistically, video calls work well to replace each period of classes, they have a large effect on students’ mental and physical health.
Nationwide, 29% of parents that were studied in a Gallup Poll said their child is “already experiencing harm” to their emotional or mental health because of social distancing and closures.
14% said their child could continue online school a few more weeks until their mental health suffers. Online school doesn’t have the social element of in person school, which is crucial to students’ social and emotional learning.
In that same Gallup poll, 45% of parents said that separation of their child from classmates and teachers is a “major challenge.” Junior Maggie Gross agrees. “Lack of physical interaction has killed my mental stability,” she says.
Online video calls are socially draining as it takes more work to pick up social cues and not see people’s faces and bodies in real time.
A National Geographic article explains that “a typical video call impairs these ingrained abilities, and requires sustained and intense attention to words instead.” This is referred to as “Zoom fatigue.”
In addition to zoom fatigue and mental health issues, the 5 and a half hours of screen time during online classes in Portage Northern’s current schedule cause digital eye strain. The American Optometric Association recommends the 20-20-20 rule, which requires one to take 20 seconds to look at something at least 20 feet away after every 20 minutes of screen time.
In that case, students should be taking screen breaks at least once every class period and the “passing time” should also be utilized for the 20-20-20 rule.
Of course, student’s mental health experiences are not universal, and some have even benefitted from online learning, like senior Mason Wice. “
Online school has definitely made things harder, but it has actually improved my physical health compared to what I was doing during quarantine, and my mental health as well because my safety is assured,” he says. For others, online school hasn’t made much of a difference in their health. “My mental [health] hasn’t really changed, none of this truly affected me,” says junior John Brown.
However, scientific articles, polls, and many students at Northern show that mental health, along with fatigue and digital eye strain, are not something to be taken lightly during a pandemic which places the importance on physical health.