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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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NUADU Testimonials

“A perfect tool that facilitates work with the students to an enormous extent.”

District Mayor of Warsaw

“We started working with NUADU two years ago and this is one of the best platforms we have had the opportunity to work with.”

Headmaster of the School Complex No. 1

“The platform is complementary to the learning process during the lesson and, for the pupils, it constitutes an excellent form of consolidating knowledge at home and using information technology. The platform makes it possible to motivate pupils to study regularly and reduces the time teachers need to give homework assignments.”

Principal of Primary School No. 114

“NUADU makes checking a given assignment an automatic process, whereby the teacher gets the data on how well the students perform in each subject as well as the gaps in their knowledge. The conclusions drawn from conversations with the teachers are clear.”

Head of the Department of Education
Targówek District, Warsaw

“I have been using the NUADU platform for two years now. Thanks to this solution, eager students can not only consolidate their processed material into class work but can also expand their knowledge of the content that was not discussed during the lesson. Students are eager to benefit from this form of knowledge acquisition, as it is attractive and meshes with gratification in the form of good grades.”

Head of the Department of Education
Targówek District, Warsaw

“It is a faster way of learning, and much easier to comprehend than books.
It is more fun than just sitting with a sheet of paper and a pencil.”

Teacher of Mathematics at the Primary School No. 378

“Our students lacked the motivation to do their homework, but this situation changed when the history teacher decided to use the NUADU platform. Students perform their assignments willingly, and they can evaluate their work. They are not afraid of ridicule from their peers, their knowledge of the subject is up to date, and it is adapted to their age and potential.”

Primary School Principal

“NUADU attracts a great deal of interest from the teachers and students of our school because it reduces the time that teachers need to prepare and check students’ tests of varying length, as well as their homework assignments, and students are becoming increasingly willing to do their homework . . .
This educational platform is worth recommending to every school.”

Principal of School Complex No. 1

“Assigning homework or short tests on the NUADU educational platform is an excellent way of supplementing regular paper homework . . . From the teacher’s perspective, it is good to choose exercises from the question bank of tasks with various difficulty levels.”

Teacher, Hotel Industry School

“Thanks to NUADU, teachers can quickly and accurately detect any gap in a pupil’s knowledge while providing the opportunity for additional development. The simple, friendly interface and attractive design make it easier for pupils to do their homework, which, in turn, results in more regular studies and improves the results.”

Grzegorz Szczuka, Director of the Department of Social Development

“The definite advantage of the system was the way it operated, as well as the orderly process of creating and generating homework assignments . . .
The system’s adaptability was another benefit. Schoolchildren could log in to access the platform and do their homework at any time. Additionally, each student could pause and then resume their homework later. It was also possible to access it from a mobile phone or any device with access to the Internet, and not just a network machine.”

Principal, Junior Secondary School No. 126

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In our ongoing quest to promote the use of educational technology in K12 sector, we partnered with the ANPS (Association of National and Private Schools). 

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More than 250 participants from 50 schools around Indonesia that use the National and International Curriculum were in attendance!

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We also had the chance to meet with 20 decision makers from 20 schools to introduce them to NUADU. We managed to get interest from several Principals from Jakarta and other Islands in Indonesia, and are now preparing to visit them to provide further information about the platform. We also generated interest from teachers that participated in the event and will be visiting their schools within the month.

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Pada tanggal 9 February 2019 yang lalu, Tim NUADU turut berpartisipasi dalam kegiatan ANPS TEACHERS CONFERENCE ke 10 (Asosiasi Sekolah Nasional Plus Indonesia). Kegiatan ini dilaksanakan di Beacon Academy Jakarta dengan Tema “From Being Stuck to Making Things Stick : Teaching So Students Remember”.

Kegiatan ini diikuti oleh lebih Dari 250 orang Guru yang berasal Dari 50 Sekolah di seluruh Indonesia Dan menggunakan Kurikulum Nasional Serta Kurikulum Internasional.

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Tim kami juga mendapatkan kesempatan untuk bertemu dengan Para Pembuat Keputusan Dari 20 Sekolah yg berasal Dari Jakarta dan pulau lain di Indonesia untuk memperkenalkan NUADU. Kami menerima respon positif Dari beberapa Kepala Sekolah tersebut Dan saat ini kami sedang mengatur waktu untuk bertemu serta menjelaskan lebih jauh mengenai NUADU. Para Guru yang hadir pada kegiatan tersebut juga menunjukkan minat untuk mengetahui lebih jauh mengenai NUADU dan Tim kami akan mengunjungi Sekolah mereka di bulan February ini.


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