Teaching online can be both fun and challenging for teachers who make it easy. Yes, s/he not only possesses technical expertise, but is able to evaluate the following material submitted by learners virtually or in person, for some special cases, such as using a digital camera to record games, procedural tasks, etc.:
1. Prints – A compilation of drawings, photographs, magazine clippings, etc. organized by importance or otherwise, may be important evidence of learning. Yes, sort of like mov or verify mode (student version) that evaluates their mastery against the rules.
2. Non-Print – Voice clips, recorded audio or video of assigned or selected tasks can be a good way to measure learner mastery. Not only will they have the opportunity to showcase their skills in producing and recording voice/video, but they will also be able to show off their speaking, acting, writing (scripting) skills and more.
3. Digital – output such as videos of making skits, authoring programs, etc. can be uploaded to YouTube and other web servers, and can also be evaluated at any time by the teacher or person responsible for doing so.
Yes, you have material that can be uploaded as an audio or video file, or stored on a memory disk or memory stick for easy evaluation. While these lessons are crafted to be fun and challenging for the learners, the faculty have the same experience, making sure everyone submits and is properly assessed against established criteria before the semester or quarter.
Telling them the standards and expectations up front can be a springboard for learners to produce great output, which can give them favorable feedback or encouragement to later develop their skills to master it all.
Conscientious teachers know how to provide the support they need, even challenge students to discover more of their talents in the skills they are developing, and go beyond the classroom, whether virtually or in person.
Few understand the essence of proper mentoring, both for the teacher and for the learner to improve performance: the former provides the right resources, while the latter needs to continue to discover their strengths and become an active learner driving force and gradually become users of the correct information.
For both of them, this endeavor can be the start of a more interesting and meaningful exchange of resources to draw wisdom from the lessons learned by both. Teachers and learners through virtual or online courses can participate effectively and efficiently as long as they are willing and able to do their best to achieve their goals.
Yes, there is always a need to measure authentic learning by competent teachers who know the impact of feedback – giving their eager learners the skills to develop a journey of self-actualization.
so there you go. When we work together to empower ourselves enough to provide our learners with the skills they need to become free and proficient users of information for their own tremendous growth and development, more wisdom will emerge from you on the way. cheers!
Larry Ichabandi Nabion
Elementary school teacher, published author/article author, vineyard grower, environmental/intellectual property advocate, social entrepreneur, dreamer, all in the works.
There’s an ebook titled IMACUS: Secret Island, available on Amazon.com, and he’s working on his second novella: When Doors Open… Run! It’s like Hunger Games and Squid Games rolled into one.