Virtual is here to stay; it’s time to commit to the screen. Teaching has fundamentally changed. Though the initial frenzy created by the onset of COVID-19 has died down, it brought a single question to the forefront of our minds: what will learning, instruction, and classes look like in the future for ballet, karate, piano or any other enrichment classes?
Amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is certain: virtual teaching is here to stay. With social distancing guidelines likely extending well into 2022, it is undeniable that navigating through the shift to online learning is crucial in preparing for the future.*
Using feedback from over 50 different schools and enrichment programs, we’ve compiled a three-part guide to help you tackle the online teaching experience from start to finish.
Today, we start with Part 1: Getting set up pre-class. In the next couple of weeks we will unveil part 2 and part 3.
It’s time to commit. Read on.
Going virtual can be tricky. There are different kinds of disruptions, and engagement can be a challenge. Creating a curriculum will help alleviate some of the unknowns of teaching online and give you a sense of control.
Use this curriculum structure:
👉Finli Instructor Tip: Set a big timer or clock somewhere out of the camera view to help you stay on track.
The last thing you want to be worried about during the live class is administrative tasks. Here are some items to set up prior to class:
There are two options here: you can either get creative with household items or send a list of items to purchase ahead of time.
👉Finli Instructor Tip: Allow for pickup AND delivery options if you are providing supplies.
Poor wifi is one of the biggest disruptors for any class session, but it’s going to happen and that’s ok; it just replaces another distraction that you used to have in in-person classes.
👉Finli Instructor Tip: Turn the wifi off on the devices around you that you don’t need during class.
There are many options here… YouTube, Zoom, IGTV, Google Hangouts, etc. 99% of our clients are on Zoom doing a combination of recorded classes on YouTube. Note: Zoom offers schools unlimited use during COVID-19. To decide which platform you are going to use, think about the following:
👉Finli Instructor Tip: Record yourself doing a class and play it back to see what it looks like.
The key here is to set up the class just like you would be doing it “normally.” This will make everyone feel familiar and comfortable.
👉Finli Instructor Tip: Mark on the floor with tape the limits of the camera view so you can ensure that you don’t step out of the screen.
Though the process of committing to go virtual is undoubtedly daunting, it is not a journey that you must embark on alone! Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you have the resources and support that you need in order to maximize your success in navigating the online teaching world. We recognize that you are already masters of your craft; let us help you master online teaching so you can focus on what you do best.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this guide, coming out shortly!
Have any questions about this guide, or want help getting set up virtually? Feel free to email our team firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 831 – 8136