Best Practices for Supporting Teaching and Learning Online
With online learning now being implemented at the University of Macau, committed teachers are holding classes online with UMMoodle and Zoom. This blog post features some of our colleagues’ tips and best practices. Let’s see what has worked well to support teaching and learning of different disciplines in an online environment.
Food for Thought – My Two Patacas on Teaching and Learning Online
By Prof. Katrine Wong (CTLE/MLC/FAH)
Here are a few practices and observations I use and have when it comes to supporting students who are (somewhat) new to online learning. These practices have helped me create a more learner-centred teaching and learning environment, and I have received positive feedback from students in my online courses.
|· Design in-class learning activities that call upon students’ higher-order thinking skills (HOTS)
|· Focus simply on lecturing and explaining key concepts
|· Adapt to an online environment and adjust our content, pedagogy and format
|· Copy and migrate content, pedagogy and format from a physical classroom
|· Allow space for learners in a class to learn at different paces
|· Expect everyone in a class to learn in the same pace
|· Design a range of low-stake assessments to monitor learning process
|· Rely on end-of-semester projects and/or exams to check learning outcomes
|· Take stock of what practices engage learners for future reference when on-campus classes resume
|· Revert to lecturer-centred approaches when on-campus classes resume
With the principles listed above, these are some activities I incorporate in my online classes:
- Forum in UMMoodle: for before an online meeting
- Chat in Zoom: for greetings and class outline (in lieu of whiteboard in a physical classroom) at the start of an online meeting
- Breakout Room in Zoom: for in-class discussion (followed by posts in UMMoodle Forum)
Invitation to write a T&L blog post
We would like to extend a special invitation to colleagues to write short blog posts for a campus blog on teaching and learning. Do you have an example of your teaching activities that you have used that support learner-centred approaches to teaching and learning? Submissions can be made in English or Chinese. As a general guideline a blog post is about 200-300 words long (no more than 500) and may include links to other websites and images. The images need to be your own or have a creative commons license. Please send your blog post to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with images as attachments. All submissions are vetted by CTLE staff prior to release.