I’m a really good observer of body language in a classroom. I know when a student is unhappy with their grade. I know when students are bored, tired, hungry, and when they have just seen their friends walk by in the hall and desperately want to join them. I know that look they get when they’d rather be anywhere else but at school. I know that look they get when it’s 3 minutes before lunch and they’re willing me (with their pleading eyes) to can it, and let them pack up.
It gets harder in an online environment. We can’t observe students, and sometimes the only thing we get from them is PRODUCT (the stuff they submit or post), and we don’t get to see any PROCESS–because of course, they’re working in another environment. We don’t see how they take notes, or how they process information–we only see the end. Therefore, in e-learning, it is important to create tasks when students can PROCESS
before we ask them to create PRODUCT. We, as teachers, rely on observable behaviour in order to help our students. We watch them, and we help when we see that it’s necessary. So how does this work online? Here are 5 PROCESS activities I’m going to try this semester with my classes:
- Brainstorming (using Padlet or Lino)- students can login and post their ideas to the clipboard, and see others’ ideas.
- Group Chats- I’m going to enable students to chat with each other online and solve a problem together.
- Gamification-Students are going to use games to help them hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Note taking-Students will take notes while watching a video-they will have a template with fill-in-the-blanks to help them practice note taking.
- Mind Maps-Students will plan their writing assignments using visual aids that they can download-then, they can post these completed maps and have their classmates add comments.
Please reply–if anyone else has any e-learning PROCESS activities, I’d love to try them!
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