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How to make online learning more effective- Part 1

How to make online learning more effective- Part 1
Making the online session interesting is a billion dollar question. Right tooling can help. But mentor with interesting facilitation skills can just be the difference. Read along to discover the top 10 tips to make the sessions more effective.


Welcome to another episode of Humans of EdTech. My name is Mayuresh and today we are going to look at how we make online learning more effective? This is a two part series. Welcome to part one.

So let’s understand what these 10 suggestions are that we’re actually talking about. And we’ll be covering five in this particular video, and five in the next video.So let’s get started. 


Some suggestions that you can actually follow

Tip: 1


So the number one thing that we are saying is having a morning ritual. So the morning ritual can be you know, once that learners join depending on what their age group is, you can have different things that you do with them every single day, there are young children, you can do things like silent clapping, thumbs up, you can ask them to wave you can ask them to either be clapping or any other hand gesture.

So depending on what kind of an audience you have, if you have to believe what is a mature adult audience, you will need to adapt this particular thing but having a morning ritual, it can be anything parliamentary, but illogical.

But that’s something that aids your purpose in life with respect to imparting your knowledge, establishing the personal connection, everything is absolutely welcome. Having a morning ritual is very, very, very important.


Tip: 2


The second is virtual ice breakers. See you using Zoom, and there are people who are joined up and you’re seeing a great view. Now if people are in the classroom, physical classroom, there are natural opportunities for people to interact with each other. 

In a virtual setup, you have to introduce these icebreakers, virtual ice breakers, this can be as simple as asking people to speak to the next roll number or person who is about them or below them in the grid, or any which way anything that is logical if you have had a very uniform way of naming people who get enrolled in your zoom classroom or anything to that effect. Some of these things can be very easily done.

Things like – Why don’t you all ping your favourite emoji, there are tonnes of emojis. So people are going to come up with something that is common. And people who end up pinging the common emoji, they can then connect with each other, have a private conversation and discover something about each other, share an embarrassing photo.

So this is something that people can do in a lot of chat rooms and chat boxes within some of these teleconferencing software. Take an open questionnaire online, take a personality test, and then you come back with what kind of personality you are.

And just share that name over here. It can be anything, all you can just say that, you know, there are some 10 things in and around me, why don’t you quickly name them and ask them to type out so this basically creates that chat slang.

So you will find a lot of values, just Google for virtual ice icebreakers, and you will find tonnes of very interesting ideas.

Tip: 3


Next is the agenda setting for that particular session. What are we going to cover today? I think it is very important to explicitly tell people that this is what we are going to cover today.

However simple it sounds, it is very, very important in an online environment where you have not had a chance to reinforce having a dedicated slide to just reinforce that this is what we’re going to do today. And be all the difference. If we can make it show and tell if you can actually tell them that this is what we’re going to cover, why we should be learning it, create the motivation behind it, explain that it would really be helpful.

If people can be asked, what is it that they need, in addition to what is going to be covered, it will make them feel very, very empowered, more often than not, you’ll find a lot of people not participating in this part of the question and just saying whatever we have lined up is good. 

It’s simple the more senior the population is, the more mature the audience that typically come and respond to some of these questions. And it is typically anywhere between zero to 5% of scope creep with respect to what you want to cover.


Tip: 4


Let’s have what is called an energy raiser. So energy raisers is where you ask a question. It can be a questionnaire, it can be a poll, it can be just a slide with a question posted over there. And people type in their responses. 

So if you have like 150 participants and people start typing Yes, and suddenly your chat  room is going to raise and that’s like the virtual energy raiser that you have over here. And you can replace this yes with things like boom. Yes, yes. Oh, yeah.

Tip: 5


So you can see the chat room buzzing and that really sometimes can be a virtual fun going and that is easily effective in an online environment. If you have emoji in your virtual chat room, letting an emoji flood really helps. Can interference.. 

So these were some of the tips, the first five of them. And we’ll look at some of them more of these tips in the video, part two, that’s coming up right next for you and there are more videos in the pipeline for you. 


So stay tuned for editing and everything on Plus, be tuned on the Twitter and LinkedIn profile for the latest  in the best on EdTech and product. Thank you so much and I will see you soon. Bye

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Mayuresh S. Shilotri writes on Product, EdTech, UX, Customer Development & Early Stage Growth. 2,000-Word posts only. You can discover more about me here

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