A teacher that is freed from the day to day responsibility of managing a classroom full of students has potentially more time and capacity to pull together resources for online learning. Although never as effective as face to face learning, it is possible to replace classroom teaching with an alternative online model of learning.
This remote, online learning model can be considered a variant of ‘flipped’ learning where students learn from directed self-study and assessment, supplemented by live, online teaching sessions where skilled questioning and assessment by the teacher guides the next steps.
Teaching resources can be uploaded and shared with students, preferably presented to students as an ordered task list that tracks student progress. Self-marking assessment can be included in the task list and students can progress through the learning at their own pace, overseen by the teacher who can step in to intervene if a student’s progress or outcomes indicate a need.
The face to face element comes from a fully functioning live online learning tool where the students can join the teacher online, sharing webcams if desired or sharing the desktop. This tool includes sharing and annotating documents and presentations live, sharing an interactive whiteboard and sharing the teacher’s desktop to discuss whatever the teacher is using, including any local or online learning content. These sessions can be timetabled. Perhaps 2 per day, morning and afternoon.
Finding content does not need to be difficult. Your school may already have subscriptions to online content providers. Existing classroom resources can be scanned or photographed (within the restrictions of copyright law). The key is to think through what would have been shared or taught in the classroom and to present the same learning in a different way.
Teachers should never underestimate the power of capturing video of themselves presenting a lesson or simply demonstrating a technique in art, working through a math problem or going over a model critique of a text in English. Maybe even a brief good morning welcome video for the class, providing an overview of what they need to do that day can be demonstrated using Fusion’s MLTV, a live video conferencing tool. Mobile phones and tablets provide everything you need to record and upload video to your learning platform and you don’t need to show your face if you are uncomfortable with the idea. Just talk to whatever you want to show.
In Fusion VLE, teachers can create quizzes with videos, text and other learning materials embedded among the questions. Teaching and assessment in one resource.
The beauty of this is that all the resources created and compiled can be used again and again. A period of online learning enables a shift in teaching practice going forward. Skills are gained by teachers and students that enable more and better use of flipped learning techniques and engender more exploration of the possibilities.