Setting Up and Facilitating an Online Classroom for Effective Student Engagement

Concurrent Session 3
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Brief Abstract

Teaching in an online setting requires appropriately setting up and facilitating an environment that maintains the same rigor and support students receive in a face-to-face setting. With minimal funding and subsequent lack of support, teachers need to develop systems and resources on their own to ensure students remain engaged and motivated in their learning. This presentation will discuss tips, strategies, and tools that teachers can use and implement right away to provide a meaningful learning experience.

Extended Abstract

The nation-wide shift to include online learning as an option for students at all educational levels has shifted how teachers manage their classrooms, deliver instruction, and facilitate students’ progress. Teacher training and educational programs have focused instruction on pedagogy and strategies for a familiar brick-and-mortar classroom environment. This shift to online education has left teachers to develop strategies and tools on their own with very little guidance.

Having spent the last year in a half working in and out of this new landscape, teachers have had insufficient time and training to develop the necessary tools and strategies needed. As many teachers now know, using online content to support or enhance their curriculum is quite different from teaching entirely online.

How can you create or maintain a rich and supportive classroom online? What tools, technologies, and methods have proven to be most useful? How do you take care of students—both academically and emotionally—when you can’t always see how they’re reacting? This presentation will answer these questions, and it will also suggest some strategies for making your time with students online feel constructive and rewarding.