Online education gives you opportunities that are not available in a classroom setting. As a tutor, if you work for an institution or organisation, it’s likely that you would use whatever platform they provide.
On the other hand, if you work independently, you can chart your own course as an online educator. My advice is that even if you work for an institution, you can also have a personal online education portfolio. It’s a great way to spread your knowledge and get returns for it.
Earlier, I mentioned that online education gives some unique opportunities. They benefit both the tutor and student in numerous ways. There are 3 popular formats of online courses, it’s likely that your course will look like one of these. In this article. I explain each format to make you understand which suits your course best.
When your course is self-paced, it simply means that learners can come to your website, start the course and finish it on their own schedule. This format enables you to teach the course just once. After this, all you need to do is attend to their questions in the forums.
Sometimes, tutors prefer to use their emails to answer students’ questions. While emails can be effective, I believe forums are better. A forum gives you the opportunity of sharing knowledge with everyone via answers.
Also, you may not have to answer the same questions over and over. Students who have similar questions will simply go through the forum to see the answers they need. Even better, students can rub minds and answer each other in the discussions.
This method uses a pre-arranged time table to hold the classes. This way, instead of putting up all the lessons like the self-paced method, the classes hold live, with all the students present. To make this happen, you can use a platform that allows multiple people to tune in to the class at the same time, using video. Zoom is one popular app for the purpose. However, if you want to build a reputation over time, it’s best to host such classes on your website. Hire highly skilled web developers to set up such a platform for you.
For best results, I suggest a combination of both methods. How you combine depends on your preference. Here’s an example: A college of marketing in Lagos switched to online classes as a result of the COVID situation. They have a catalogue of online classes for self-paced learners. Also, they hold live classes every two weeks. Even though the course is self-paced, there’s a time limit within which students would study some recorded content. This is a good example of a combination that works for the institution in question.
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