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#20: Helping Inexperienced Students Who are New to Online

#20: Helping Inexperienced Students Who are New to Online

Are you helping inexperienced students who are new to online learning?

Students come into our online classes with varying backgrounds. Yet one group needs extra structure. And they are inexperienced students, who are new to online learning.

There are many ways to meet the needs of students who are new to online learning.

Some need additional structure, tools, and help.

Others just need a guide to learn how to navigate the online classroom.

Regardless of the tools that will work best for your own students, this podcast brings many ideas to help you prepare.

#19: Eating Healthy and Working Online

#19: Eating Healthy and Working Online

Is it possible to balance eating healthy and working online? In today’s podcast, I’ll share ideas about this challenge.

In my own online work, living with healthy habits was difficult. I struggled for years without effective strategies.

Eventually, I adopted new habits. Then, I lost 95 pounds while still working online.

Yes, it’s possible to develop healthy eating habits as an online teacher. Strategy, planning, and timing can help!

Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Have you ever thought to write a letter to your future self? In this video, a man shares his experience with doing this.

What happened?

He was unhappy with his life and wondered where he would be in the future. Then, he wrote his future self a letter and continued with his current life.

But he also changed something.

He stopped listening to talk radio (other people’s ideas).

And, he started listening to inspiring podcasts (making room to generate his own ideas).

This one small change gave him the space to stop feeling stuck, and he began to feel hopeful. He had new ideas. He felt inspired. And, everything changed.

The keys to this change were listening and learning.

To view this on YouTube, visit https://youtu.be/8jryr1Zi57M. Or, click “play” on the video included here.

 

Have you ever wondered why things never change?

When I have been stuck in situations I did not like, I wondered why. What did I do to deserve it? Why didn’t things change?

Have you ever wondered why things never changed?

At times like these, I have found that just like the man in the video, I needed to make room for something new. Also, I needed to put myself in a position to receive inspiration. Then, I needed to listen.

And, I needed to learn.

Learning is the best way to change.

If you want to make a life change, to change your circumstances, or to feel differently, learning is the best way to make it happen.

When we are learning, we have to be humble and available.

We must listen.

Reflect.

And take action when opportunities come to us.

When you’re the teacher, learning is still important.

Whatever position you hold and no matter where you are, learning is still important.

For example, after I completed a doctoral degree and felt solid career direction, I kept learning more. And that learning has made me a better teacher. It continues to be critical to my success and personal growth.

Learning more has given me the power to grow. And, because I keep learning, I will always understand my students.

Ultimately, you can feel lighter and have influence when you keep learning, too.

I hope you will enjoy today’s video share and find ways to keep yourself open. Be available. Then, listen and learn.

Because if you can do these things, you will always have direction. Even though you’ll get stuck, as we all do, you will eventually get through it.

And the future you will thank you for your commitment, perseverance, and tenacity.

#18: Healthy Sleep when Teaching Online

#18: Healthy Sleep when Teaching Online

Have you wondered why anyone would be concerned about getting healthy sleep while teaching online?

The main idea behind online education is that it can be done anytime, anywhere. With no boundaries, this type of work can easily take additional time and energy.

For example, instead of working with a group of students all at once, teachers often write comments and feedback each individual student. This might happen more than one way, every week. 

At first, this work might be surprising to anyone new to online teaching.

After getting used to the idea of regularly reaching each student, balancing one’s time and energy becomes important in order to continue teaching well and to maintain work-life balance.

And, healthy sleep while teaching online is a critical part of the balance.

Here are some great resources you might want to explore:

Resources listed here were consulted to prepare today’s podcast:

https://www.sleepadvisor.org/remote-work-sleep/

https://www.online.umich.edu/courses/sleep-deprivation-habits-solutions-and-strategies-teach-out/all-reviews/

https://www.sleepdr.com/the-sleep-blog/the-effects-of-sleep-deprivation-on-work-performance/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4610176/

https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/tired-at-work

#16: Be Authentic while Teaching Online

#16: Be Authentic while Teaching Online

Because online teaching is known for its isolation, how can we be authentic while teaching online?

The answer to this question is to see the humanity in our students. And, to get to know them as people. Of course, this can be challenging with a large class, grading demands, and other competing demands.

In today’s podcast, I’ll share strategies to help you be authentic while teaching online.

Wiley Educational Research

Wiley Educational Research

Today, I saw the Wiley Educational Research posted on Linkedin. You can view it here: https://edservices.wiley.com/ .

What does it mean for online education?

First, the researchers have been conducting this study repeatedly for several years. They report having surveyed over 15,000 fully online learners during the bast many years. I’ve used some of their reported statistics and trends in my own work, and particularly in my recent book Teaching Music Appreciation Online. I believe the data is useful and adds insight to online higher education.

Second, it’s unclear whether any survey respondents were impacted by COVID-19 yet, because the authors noted that data were collected in January and February 2020. Broad effects of the pandemic did not impact higher education until late March 2020 and onward. Regardless, the needs and preferences of online learners are well represented under normal circumstances. Next year’s report will definitely be worth a look!

Here are some of the key insights that returned this year:

  • Online learners prefer to take classes from institutions located close to home
  • Online learners typically prefer affordability and reputation when choosing where to enroll

And, new findings about what online learners really want include the following:

  • Pride in the institution and are willing to pay more tuition for an institution’s reputation
  • The fastest route to completing the program and speed throughout the process (including applying, accepting transfer credits, and goal achievement)
  • Specific programs (and they will go elsewhere to find it rather than opting for an on-campus option)
  • Career services
  • Options to learn via mobile devices

As we look to the future of online education, considering the preferences and needs of online students will help us continue to provide what they most want.