Thinking about conducting online classes back in 2020 was a big challenge. But, today, we have ‘n’ number of tools & software through which you could conduct online classes. In this blog, we will be talking about how you can easily conduct online classes without feeling overwhelmed.
Many schools, institutes, & educators have started conducting online classes but, if you are new to the field of online teaching, this might be a challenge for you.
Honestly, running an online institute is not at all a child’s play. From enrolling your learners into your online classes to providing them completion certificates everything has to be done in an organized manner.
But, since we have been assisting our clients in efficiently conducting online classes for the past two years, we have come across some tested methodologies that you could use to conduct online classes.
Let’s move ahead!
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Figure Out Your Niche to Teach
Clearly, no one in this world can be good at teaching everything & as we know, specialization is way better than generalization.
Therefore, when it comes to teaching online, the first thing that you need to be very aware of is your course niche.
What you want to teach & what you can teach are two very different things. Hence, having a clear idea of what you can teach to your audience can level up your online teaching business.
Outline Your Course Content
Once you have a clear understanding of what you are going to teach, figure out all the topics that you want to add to your course content. Be very specific about the topics that you would add to your online course.
Invest some time & arrange all the topics in the most effective manner. Include all the basic concepts in the initial topics & as you move further, you can include the complex concepts. Make sure you avoid overlapping any topic. As it would unnecessarily increase the duration of your course.
Don’t forget to add quizzes/assignments at the end of every topic. This will help your learners to have a clear understanding of all the topics. This will also encourage them to pay more attention while going through the topic.
The biggest challenge of teaching online is that you will have learners from all around the globe. Their native languages & the capacity to understand a topic would be different. Hence, make sure that whatever you teach should be conceivable to them.
Find Out The Right Solution To Conduct Online Classes
We are in 2022, and as of now, we have discovered multiple ways of teaching online. You could teach on YouTube or a course marketplace like Udemy or you can also opt for an LMS platform.
If you want to teach as a professional educator, YouTube is not the right platform for you. YouTube pays you on the basis of the views & subscribers that you have on your channel. Since you can’t always have the same number of views, your income will also fluctuate. So, you can’t rely on the income that you will get from YouTube. Moreover, you can not create a well-structured & organized course on YouTube.
However, you could create & sell your online course on a course marketplace like Udemy. As the approach of teaching on Udemy is quite professional. They have quality standards & hence, you will have to uplevel your course to host it on Udemy.
The advantage of hosting your course on their platform is that they already have an audience. So, you don’t have to exert day in & day out to build your audience.
But, there are some drawbacks attached to it which are as follows:
- You would be sharing a major portion of your revenue with them
- You won’t be able to customize your course layout & design
- You would be known as a Udemy Instructor. Hence, no personal branding
- It has become highly competitive.
In our opinion, if you want to build your brand & have more control over your online teaching business, choosing an LMS like Graphy would be a profitable deal for you.
To conduct online classes on an LMS, all you need is a laptop & a stable internet connection. The best part about hosting your online course on an LMS is that it would be your educational empire. From website to brand to audience to revenue, everything will belong to you only!
So, do your research & figure out what works best for you.
Conduct Frequent Live Sessions
Virtual classrooms are completely different from offline classrooms. In an online classroom setup, you have to exert more effort in order to make it more interactive & engaging. Otherwise, your learners might get bored.
Since the attention span for online classes is way shorter than the offline classes, you have to incorporate techniques that help in retaining the attention of your learners. The best way to engage your learners is to conduct frequent live classes.
Encourage your learners to participate during the live classes by assigning them reading materials. Leverage all the features of live classes like chat & polls.
Along with this, while teaching live, make sure you don’t repeat the same sentences again and again. Try to make your live classes as interactive as possible.
If you are a camera-shy person, we would suggest you follow these steps to boost your confidence:
- Look straight into the camera instead of looking at yourself again and again
- Talk slow & concisely
- Maintain your posture
- Be you & smile often
- Record your live classes to see where you need to improve
Provide Feedback to Learners
Teaching online is not just about you, your learners will also have their own share of difficulties. Therefore, being an online educator it becomes your foremost responsibility to provide instant feedback to your learners.
Share your contact number or mail address on which your learners could reach out to you easily. You could also conduct weekly Q&A sessions so that your learners can collectively ask questions from you.
During the Q&A sessions, you could also take feedback from your learners.
- Ask them if the approach that you are using is easy or complicated?
- Ask them if you need to slow down a bit?
Having frequent Q&A sessions is extremely important to smoothly conduct online classes.
Motivate Your Learners
No matter whether you teach online or offline, you can not skip this step. Motivation is a very important aspect of the learning process. Every person is different & so is their learning capacity. Accept your learners the way they are & try to help them at each & every step so that they can perform better.
Run the best performer of the month contests & announce the winners during the live sessions. Provide gifts and rewards to the best performers.
Consequently, in the hope of getting the gifts & rewards, your learners will try their level best to perform better. This will also develop the spirit of healthy competition among your learners.
Doubtlessly, teaching online is a difficult task. Especially for the ones who are starting out as Educators. But, no matter how difficult it may seem, if you do whatever is required at your end, you are going to reap the benefits of it for sure.
Therefore, we would recommend you to choose your niche, plan your course structure, & launch your online course with a bang on a platform like Graphy.