Online classes or virtual classes weren’t entirely unheard of before our global transition to online learning. Some universities or colleges offer online courses from start to finish. Online education has been reserved for business professionals with limited time and mobility or people with special needs. But what would happen if all of a sudden, students and teachers had to ditch daily face-to-face school classes and undergo full online courses?
The answer is quite obvious; no one is prepared for that—especially teachers, who have been teaching face-to-face with students for many years. Teachers will have to adapt to the situation by learning how to conduct online meetings that are fun and engaging. Teachers have had to change their ways to online teaching, and they’ll tell you: it’s not as easy-peasy as people would like to think.
Student engagement is a measure of how engaged your students are to your lessons. It’s the most important aspect of teaching and is the hardest to perform correctly.
Signs of excellent student engagement are:
- Students are visibly paying full attention to your lectures.
- Students are relaxed and comfortable instead of tense and silent.
- Students answer questions voluntarily.
- Students correct the teacher’s mistakes.
With online classes taking place, student engagement became significantly more critical yet harder to achieve. Low student engagement means online teaching is not as efficient since only a fraction of the students’ knowledge passes.