How to engage with students through digital platforms in COVID Situation?

How to engage with students through digital platforms in COVID Situation?
The present COVID-19 scenario has turned the world upside down. However, it has managed to challenge every existing system and pushed the world to revamp and come with innovative solutions that would keep everyday life going. In this situation, digital platforms have come to the rescue and have proven to be the best resort for various streams of life including education. Be it making work from home easier and efficient or managing other essential routine tasks online, digital space has aided every possible field. Education is not bereft of this platform either.

Online learning platforms pertaining to various subjects have gained maximum attention during these recent times including various digital education platforms.

As of March 2020, around 185 countries including India have now resumed schools by conducting classes online. Surprisingly, this newly unprecedented step has proven to be really helpful to the extent that most countries including France are considering revamping their education system and switching to virtual classroom platform post lockdown too.
Along with conventional education, today there are various online learning platforms that offer online learning for kids covering foreign languages, soft skill development, vocational courses, etc.

However, as much as these digital platforms have managed to successfully provide an alternative option to learning, there are various challenges and setbacks that they come with. Overcoming these are essential in order to conduct a successfully engaging online session with students.


Ways To Use Digital Platform To Engage with Students

In this blog, we shall discuss a few essential and vital factors that may help online learning platforms and educators to design sessions that are engaging and will ensure maximum attention from students.

  • 1. Being visible to students

    Our brain loves visuals. So being visible to students on the screen is the most basic but important thing to keep in mind. Now that learning has been moved to the digital space, it is essential for the students to feel comfortable and feel that you are still there. This can be done in various ways. First of all, keep your cameras turned on and ask all the students to do so too. This allows for more participation and also better engagement. Also, the teachers can be more participative by sending direct messages on class, discussing homework, and giving individual feedback to students.

  • 2. Encourage engagement among students

    Motivate students to engage with each other in a learning context during classes. Encourage more discussions, debates, and presentations of various topics within the class and ensure maximum participation for this. This will create an environment of group learning within students on a virtual classroom platform.

    Since they have been used to this in their classrooms, this will render them with a feeling of familiarity and normalcy. You as a teacher also must show active participation in these discussions. This step can overall ensure a good engagement and productive learning session.

  • 3. Consider time restrictions while designing courses or session for students

    Create courses that your students will be able to complete in time and at their own pace. Considering that the whole online learning for kids is still relatively new and hence needs a lot of adaptation in terms of methods of teaching, learning, conduction of classes as well as time management. Due to the lack of physical presence of the teacher, students may get distracted, and hence gaining their maximum attention can be a task.

    Plus, explaining a concept to kids on a virtual classroom platform may be a bit more challenging than teaching in a classroom. Moreover, the attention span of kids is really short, and especially in this scenario can go for a toss. Hence, all these factors need to be considered while allocating time for any syllabus or task.

  • 4. Discuss the current situation and relevant topics

    Encourage students to talk more about what is happening in the world. Ask kids how much they know about COVID-19 situations and if they would like to share it with the class. More often than not kids grasp certain information that they may have heard from their parents or people around them.

    Allow them to share this in the class and correct them if they have any misinformation. This will make them feel to have contributed well. This will also allow the teacher to gain the attention of kids and hence secure active participation in further discussions.

  • 5. Schedule an exciting part of the session at the end

    Online learning for kids can get a bit boring as it may get difficult for them to sit in front of a screen for more than an hour. Also, a classroom provides a controlled environment for the teacher to handle and deal with kids. Whereas, on online learning platforms it may get a bit challenging for teachers to manage the kids.

    Hence, keeping a fun section or activity at the end of the session can help children to sit through the lecture. This may act as a reward for them and something they will be willingly looking forward to.

  • 6. CTA

    Stronger Call to Actions (CTA) plays a vital role in advertising to generate and attract leads and enrolments. The use of relatable and stronger calls to action is essential. Some of the examples could be Enroll Now, Register Now, Book a Free Class, Try a Free Session, Clear your Basics, Sign up for a Free Class, Get a free Material, Join a Group Discussion, etc.

    Implications of the call to action could be tricky in some places. You can always do an A/B testing to determine what works for you well and get the desired results.

  • 7. Influencer Marketing

    In the present digital world, influencers hold a very powerful role in terms of branding and advertising. When a certain product is validated by an influencer or a famous personality, it gains a certain level of legitimacy and value in the eyes of people.

    Hence using this strategy, one can attract the learners & students across the globe by having your online learning platforms publicized by HODs, Keynote Speaker, Subject Matter Experts, etc. This can be a great asset to come closer to achieving your determined result.