7 Smart Tips To Keep Online Students Engaged
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Teaching online is very different to teaching in a physical classroom. Similarly, learning online might be a new concept for your students and can take some getting used to. If you are teaching English online you might find your students get fatigued or distracted during your lessons, not because of you or the content of your lessons but because of the medium. Luckily, there are a few smart things you can do to maximize your students’ engagement to ensure your lessons are effective. Here are 7 smart tips to keep online students engaged.
1. Include them in the lesson
Make sure your students are actively involved in the lesson to prevent daydreaming. Ask questions regularly or use interactive activities to make sure they stay focused (and awake!). If you are teaching groups, use breakout rooms to facilitate discussions between students to alternate the groupings and ensure all the students are getting opportunities to speak.
2. Give them autonomy
Include students in your decisions regarding their lessons. After all, it’s their lessons. Ask them what topic they would like to discuss in future lessons, or what aspect of English they feel they would need to work on. This includes homework assignments. If your students can choose what they are going to do for homework, they are more likely to do it.
3. Mix it up
Don’t just sit and chat with your students – or, even worse, lecture! Be sure to mix up your delivery methods to keep your lessons interesting. Sharing your screen can do wonders for your lessons –you can play videos and powerpoint presentations, play songs, and even play games. You could also communicate via chat to give your voice (and their ears) a rest and to practise their writing skills.
4. Reinvent yourself
Once your students know you well, you can mix it up a bit and come to class with a new identity. You can either wear a wig or new glasses, or you can adopt the persona of a well-known character. The trick is to be totally nonchalant about it, and make sure you go the whole hog. (Note: this will only be appropriate for certain students!)
5. Be current
We know that knowing your students is important, and this means getting to know their likes and interests and taking the time and effort to familiarize yourself with their culture. In other words, if you are teaching teens, make sure you know all about Tik Tok, or if you are teaching Japanese businessmen, keep up-to-date with what’s happening in Japanese media so you will always have something to talk about and can relate to your students better.
6. Nurture intrinsic motivation
Motivation is key to successful learning, no matter what the topic is or how the learning takes place. External motivation comes from outside and can be nurtured through stickers, badges or other rewards. What is even more powerful is intrinsic motivation. Remind your student why they are learning English and show them the links between the work they are doing and their real-life applications.
7. Take the learning outside the classroom
There is no reason your student should only learn while sitting in front of their computer. Give your student work that they can do on their own. This can be homework tasks which require making use of books, magazines or other people, or flipping the classroom. At the end of the day, we need to remember that learning online is physically and mentally exhausting. At the moment, your online students may very well be learning other subjects online too, so if they are a bit tired or grumpy during your lesson, cut them some slack. To help the situation, you need to make sure you bring your energy and enthusiasm into your online lessons (no matter how you are feeling) – and use these seven tips to make sure your students are as engaged as possible.
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- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.