Here’s 15 Top Reminders to help you become a Master Online Teacher:
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1.Consider taking a full-blown TEFL course if you haven’t done this already.
2.Make your formula for success into your mantra:Knowing your content + delivering your training with user engagement and frequent interactivity = rewarding results with virtual training. Keep repeating this to yourself.
3.Practise! Practise! Practise! Remember: Practice makes perfect. Your goal here is to build your confidence in using the platform with your chosen content and resources whist engaging your students at the same time.
4.Ensure your grammar is up to scratch.
5.Become a good time manager.
6.Master the software. Be a master of it and not a servant to it. Know all the tips and tricks of your virtual classroom software. Master when and how to use them to ensure an excellent and rewarding experience for your students.
7.Plan for contingencies. Things can and may go wrong at some time or another. Always have a backup plan. If you’re not a technical buff, seek help from someone local. Your computer is everything. Treat it well. Never assume the internet is going to work fine all of the time.
8.Invest in backup equipment, e.g. an additional computer, headset, phone and a universal adapter and surge protector if you are going to become a digital nomad.
9.Invest in a portable hotspot device or a phone that will serve the same job.
10.If you will be working on your own as an independent contractor, ensure you get all your marketing and advertising in place well before you intend to launch your business. Always remember: Time Lost = Money Lost.
11.Work hard at quickly developing an online teaching style that works for you and your students. You’ll know when you’ve got it.
12.Establish ground rules for participation. Ask for agreement from your participants – they might not know what’s expected.
13.Ensure your students know the ‘Netiquette rules’. Netiquette refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication. Ensure they follow these rules of netiquette to make sure they are respectful to others. Here are some key netiquette ‘rules’:
Stay on topic.
Be brief. If your response is too long, it’s unlikely that your peers will spend the time to read through it all.
Don’t type in UPPERCASE. If you do, it will look like you’re shouting.
Don’t write anything that may be seen as angry or sarcastic, even as a joke, because without hearing your tone of voice your peers might not realise you’re joking.
Always remember to say Please and Thank you when seeking help or suggestions from your peers.
Always respect the opinions of your classmates. If you disagree, do it respectfully. Respect diversity.
14.Build classroom community and rapport from the outset, and keep it going.
15.Prompt for participation. Participants need to be encouraged and reminded to participate, especially in a virtual environment.