Remote Learning: Tips to Enhance Student Engagement

Tina Rosen, Education Technology Insights | Friday, February 26, 2021

One of the most alarming pandemic elements is that it has thrown students' schedules into disarray. Creating breakout rooms that emulate the layout of the in-person curriculum (for example, homeroom, laboratory, administrative space, technical assistance room) helps stimulate the everyday routines students require.

FREMONT, CA: As school buildings closed after the pandemic, educators were pushed into hyperdrive to launch remote learning initiatives for students and parents with differing degrees of access to technology resources. Suddenly, educators were almost as worried about platforms and bandwidth as they were about curricula and classrooms.

Here are a few strategies for enhancing student engagement in a remote learning environment:

1. Keep Track of Student Engagement and Participation

The educators found a low degree of involvement during the training phase in the virtual classroom. By choosing video conferencing platforms, teachers can track student participation by requesting student cameras to be on during class.

2. Take the In-Person Curriculum Structure to a Virtual Learning Space

One of the most alarming pandemic elements is that it has thrown students' schedules into disarray. Creating breakout rooms that emulate the layout of the in-person curriculum (for example, homeroom, laboratory, administrative space, technical assistance room) helps stimulate the everyday routines students require.

3. Designate Employees to play Specific Roles in the Online Classroom

Drop internet connections and student lags in a simulated learning space could be overwhelming for an instructor to handle during classroom teaching. By appointing extra personnel to manage roll call, chatbox, hand-raising, and logistical problems, the class instructions encountered few or no interruptions.

4. Modify the regular lesson plan such that it is conducive to holding students' Attention

Morning is often the most difficult, particularly for elementary school children. And it is hard to get students to join online; children are either not up or not in the mood to resume class from the safety of their homes. Teachers can create shorter teaching sessions and use icebreakers, movement breaks, and meditation at selected times to have improved student participation.

5. Give Virtual Points to Award Students for their Interest and Attendance

Rewards encourage engagement so that educators can set up a point structure. Kids can win simulated coins for items like finishing a particular task or returning a bathroom break in a fair period of time. Students can turn their virtual coins into educational prizes at the end of the week, such as a book or game that will be shipped to their homes.

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