Teaching and learning virtually in the synchronous mode places a higher cognitive load on the teacher and student as both have to handle software and other IT issues along with teaching/learning.
Therefore, one shouldn’t try to replicate classroom teaching.
This framework (image below) shows how the cognitive load increases based on the online teaching-learning activity. It also depicts the various tools that you can use to conduct these activities.
Here are some tips for teaching virtually.
- Address some part through the asynchronous mode – self-paced learning or flipped classroom
- Plan for disruptions due to technical issues
- Give breaks to being online – assign tasks that can be completed offline before meeting online again