Planning for Online Teaching
There are three elements to successful online teaching. These interlink to help form a clear, engaging, learning experience They are: Connection, Content and Cohesion. The most important aspect of online provision is to consider how you will create connections with your students, then you can plan the session content and finally consider how you can make the intended learning work online.
Connection – Metacognition, Socialisation & Technology Connectivity
Connection is first because creating a sense of belonging to one’s learning, to the group and the module is the foundation of successful online learning. It also addresses how we connect with the online space and the challenges that may present. Connected students are more likely to attend, study and therefore be successful.
Content – Active Learning & Session Structuring
Content is second, referring to the knowledge learning for a module/course. It looks at planning learning activities tailored to online delivery. This is about what you want students to learn and the context in which you want them to learn, e.g. synchronous vs. asynchronous and active learning vs. lecturing. The aim is for active learning in well-structured sessions.
Cohesion – The Virtual Learning Environment & Technology
Cohesion is a reminder to bring all your learning plans into a clear, easy to understand and easy to access online learning space. It considers the technological knowledge both you and your students require to learn online. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) needs to be clearly organised and user-friendly, and to be consistent between sections (and where possible, modules). Cohesion also concerns the technology used for learning; considering both how and when to use it for a complete learning experience. It appears last in the model as the priority is to connect with students and deliver well-planned content.