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5 Strategies to Boost Participation in Online Classes

When you conduct online classes, you need to deal with the lack of face-to-face interaction, distractions, technical issues, and the uncertainty of a pandemic. Here are the tips for encouraging student participation during an online class.

Home-based learning is experiencing a surge in popularity as most countries go on lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Whether your school plans to do this long term or simply as a stop-gap measure, you now need to figure out how to teach effectively and completely in a remote setup.

Teaching online involves more than having the right resources and a good internet connection. You have to take the lead and help your students adjust to the new normal. After all, it is quite a contrast to the classroom environment that you and your students are used to.

When you conduct online classes, you need to consider the challenges and possibilities of a virtual class. You and your students have access to an amazing set of resources and participation modes on the combined NUADU platform and MS Teams. At the same time, you need to deal with the lack of face-to-face interaction, distractions, technical issues, and the uncertainty of a pandemic.

Good thing we have these tips for encouraging student participation during an online class.

1. Clarify Your Purpose

Students tend to participate more if they know that there is a point to what they are doing. They need to know that they will learn something useful and relevant. So, whenever you ask them to do an activity or lead them into a discussion, clarify your objectives and how they lead to the main learning outcomes of the course.

2. Set Clear Guidelines

Setting clear guidelines and expectations about commitment, time, work, and effort helps give students a structure to their learning. This would give a more concrete direction to the course and a more tangible gauge to student progress.

Phrase these guidelines as suggestions, not hard and fast rules. Invite your students’ input about what seems realistic given their individual contexts. When you agree on the guidelines, students are more likely to follow them as they feel that their needs and contributions are valued. These are extraordinary times, so provide a bit of flexibility and extend grace if these guidelines are not followed perfectly.

3. Ask Engaging Questions

What kind of questions are boost participation in an online class? The same type that makes classroom discussions come alive:

  • Open-ended – Answerable by more than yes/no, these questions move students to elaborate and explain.
  • Elicits higher thinking and reflection – Good questions also move students to analyse, assess, dig deeper, and explore possibilities.
  • Requires the students to use the course content to build their answers – Good questions build upon the course’s content, giving students a progressing view of the subject matter as each topic is connected to what was discussed before.

4. Provide Diverse Activities

Classes shouldn’t always be just question-and-answer sessions. Create suitable activities like problem-solving, case studies, and others. But make sure these activities achieve the learning objectives, not just busywork.

5. Give Valuable Feedback

As your students progress through the course, give each of them feedback that would help them assess and see where they are — what they are doing good, and what they need to improve. Use NUADU’s assessment tools to help you make proper assessments and recommend exercises and activities for each student.

Interested in a home-based learning tool that you can set up in a day? Ask about NUADU’s Online Class, a distance learning solution in partnership with Microsoft.

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5 Tips for Parents for Effective Home-Based Learning

With so many schools closing because of the coronavirus, your children may now be staying at home with you and you have to make sure their education continues. Here are five tips to help your children continue their education at home.

1. Don’t Overthink It

No one is expecting you to recreate your child’s classroom experience. So, make your own. Use the resources that your child’s school is offering — online classes, physical books, and other materials. On top of that, use what materials you have at home.

2. Set up a Learning Space

Your child will need a place where she could focus on her lessons or activities. This could be the child’s room or a part of the living room. And if the school offers online lessons, the computer should be accessible to her and you as the facilitating adult. Her other school material within reach, as well, or stored in an easily-movable case so the child can take them wherever she feels comfortable studying.

3. Have a Realistic Schedule

While you’re not expected to recreate your child’s classroom in your home, it would do her good to maintain the schedule structure that she is used to when she was going to school. It would give her a sense of routine, of her doing school except that it’s at home. But if you observe that your child learns better at a different time of the day, adjust the schedule accordingly. The goal, after all, is for your child to continue learning, not to maintain school schedules.

4. Be a Facilitator

You don’t have to be your child’s teacher. If your child’s school has shifted to a home-based learning system with online classes, you will act more like a facilitator or teacher’s aide. Just follow the program but be ready to answer any questions that your child may ask.

If you were homeschooling your child even before the coronavirus pandemic, you are the still primary teacher. But now, you have to find ways to fill the gaps left by tours, music lessons, sports clubs, and other out-of-the-house learning activities that are now cancelled. For this, the internet is your friend. Look for virtual tours, documentaries, demo videos, and other learning media that you can use.

5. You Don’t Need to Study the Whole Day

Limit dedicated schooling time. Allow for some free time for your children to stretch their minds and bodies in more leisurely activities, or just relax. Let them play with their toys or draw what they want to draw, or do whatever they find enjoyable. If they miss their friends, set up an online meeting for them. You can also do the same for yourself and your friends.

Just because school premises are closed doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Make the most of what you have and what the schools offer to keep your children learning.

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12 Proven Ways for Effective Distance Learning

As COVID-19 continues to spread and cities go into quarantine, more schools have been forced to close. These closures may go on for weeks, even months.

How can teachers and school administrators step up to the challenge?

Thanks to the internet and collaborative software, teachers can still conduct lessons online.

Teachers can set up virtual classrooms with teamwork hubs like Microsoft Teams, which is available for free to educational institutions. Using this tool, teachers can show PowerPoint presentations, use a digital whiteboard in real-time, and share links to the best online supporting sources.

Here are some tips that will help you get the best results from distance learning tools:

  1. Record lectures instead of streaming
  2. Show your face for a personal touch
  3. Limit each lesson 15 minutes or less
  4. Test if slides are mobile-friendly
  5. Use existing open-access resources
  6. Give specific and detailed instructions
  7. Provide interactive activities
  8. Make sure all content and navigation are accessible using the keyboard alone
  9. Set reasonable expectations
  10. Use auto-checking to measure participation
  11. Use group communications carefully
  12. Let students take control of certain activities

Don’t forget to express sympathy and encouragement to both students and their parents, who often oversee the online lessons at home. These are trying times, but we can still maintain connection even while practicing social distancing.

Interested to start home education with online tools? NUADU, in partnership with Microsoft, can help you set up a virtual classroom.


Set up a collaborative online classroom using the right tools

NUADU combined with Microsoft Teams is a complete solution in which teachers can run their classroom via videoconferences and track the progress of every individual student according to the curriculum. 

A record number of children and youth are not attending school because of closures mandated by governments in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Classes will be run online using wise tools or will not be run at all.

Our ultimate goal is to give teachers and education authorities as much as is needed to continue their day to day activities, ensuring that their students are progressing in this challenging and sudden environment that surrounds us all.

NUADU combined with Microsoft Teams solution has a complete solution in which teachers can run their classroom via live video conferencing tools and, at the same time, track the progress of every individual student according to the curriculum.

The solution is strictly designed for school usage so the teachers can maintain their roles and continue to work in a home-based condition.

Setting up is smooth like a plug and play tools, so do not have to worry about bureaucracy, meetings, and workshops.

NUADU and Microsoft Teams solution enable teachers to:

  • Screen share PowerPoints’, website resources other additional resources to all participants joining the online classroom;
  • Launch assignment in the classroom just like in a physical one;
  • Conduct live lectures and face to face feedback sessions;  
  • Record and share for future repetitions;  
  • Use ready-made content for their convenience;
  • Chat with students and in the group;  
  • Track progress linked to curriculum and syllabus;  

Do not hesitate to make the right choice for your school.

Contact us and our representative will guide you to the Collaborative Online Classroom.

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Distance Learning as a Crisis Response for Schools

Recent events are changing how we think about teaching. With safety in mind, more educational institutions are organizing homeschooling and part-time distance learning to keep up with the curriculum.

Teachers are under pressure to figure out which online learning tools work best and how to use them. Often, they cobble together a mix of online tools to create a virtual classroom — with mixed results. It doesn’t help that technology implementation can be quite daunting, as teachers need to learn new jargon like AI, SaaS, machine learning, etc.

Why not make the process easier with a platform that’s tailored for distance learning?

We designed a distance learning platform that you can implement in 1 day

NUADU is a ready-to-use tool for distance learning that allows you to respond quickly to crises and avoid disrupting the school year — even during an epidemic.

We offer a data-driven system for personalized education that will help your students reach their academic goals anytime, anywhere. All they have to do is download the complimentary mobile app, which informs them of new activities assigned and lets them study at their own pace using their smartphones.

NUADU distance learning platform dashboard


  • Assign activities and access interactive resources
  • Save time on grading and assessment; our platform does that automatically in real time
  • Provide individualized and instant feedback to students’ work
  • Track and monitor performance on an individual, group, and class level
  • Real-time technical support

Remote process:

  • Demo
  • Initial meetings
  • Agreement signing
  • User training and tutoring
  • Technical support


Fill in our contact form so we can reach you to discuss how NUADU can assist you in distance learning.

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Distance Learning: Education in the Age of the Coronavirus and Extreme Weather

It’s barely March, yet we’ve already witnessed massive bushfires in Australia, a volcanic eruption in the Philippines, and a fast-spreading novel coronavirus worldwide.

If you include reasons like typhoons and childhood illnesses, all these add up to a lot of missed school days each year. That’s bad news for kids, as those missed days have a negative impact on their academic achievement.

The good news? There’s a way for education to continue outside school, with your health and safety in mind.

NUADU is a data-driven educational platform that provides instructional content and assessment tools. With NUADU, smartphones and computers become tools for distance learning that is aligned with the national curriculum.

Check out this video to find out how our platform makes distance learning possible.

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NUADU Boosts Cooperation and Teamwork among pupils

As stated in the Special Report on the Cooperation of Business and Education in Poland, employers [1] consider teamwork skills to be absolutely vital in the workplace. Therefore, developing teamwork among pupils helps in their careers.

Managers are mindful that these so-called soft skills can determine the success or failure of any project:

  • collaboration to achieve group goals
  • receptiveness to suggestions
  • giving and accepting feedback
  • motivating others
  • problem-solving with a team

However, these qualities are not innate; they are acquired over years of experience.

An Educational Paradigm Shift

The previous model of education in Poland focused on individual work at school and at home, which provides few opportunities to master soft skills. Consequently, young people only begin to develop crucial skills and attitudes in their first job.

Fortunately, there has been a paradigm shift toward a more collaborative approach in schools. Currently, pupils have more opportunities for projects where each child’s input contributes to the final grade.

They soon learn that success requires the involvement of everyone. Instead of looking for someone to blame, the group focuses their time on seeking solutions. In the process, they practice and learn valuable skills that prove valuable in professional settings.

Technology-Supported Collaboration and teamwork among pupils

NUADU is a platform that supports the educational process through an objective evaluation of the learning outcomes achieved. Our team develops solutions that not only contribute to the acquisition of knowledge but also help shape the desired professional attitudes.

NUADU allows teachers to identify the abilities of individual pupils, which equips them to make the right decisions when choosing pupils to work on a group project together.

Michał Korpys, Head of Product at NUADU
NUADU educational platform encourages students for cooperation and teamwork
NUADU educational platform encourages Cooperation and Teamwork among pupils

NUADU is a convenient solution designed to help teachers support individual students and analyse their progress, despite the limited time available. This system tracks and compares learning styles, results, and motivational characteristics (determined by psychophysiological factors).

The NUADU platform is highly accurate and founded on the latest breakthroughs in pedagogy, neurobiology, and psychology. Plus, the advanced technology used to process educational data allows the best designation of specific tutor–pupil pairs. Thus, NUADU is uniquely positioned to promote the changes taking place in Polish schools.

[1] (Raport specjalny PARP Biznes dla Edukacji, 2014) Jawor-Joniewicz, A. (2014). Business for education. Special Report on the Cooperation of Business and Education in Poland


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