Online Teaching-Learning @ GCEM

Online Teaching Learning

The whole educational system from elementary to tertiary level has been collapsed during this year (2020) due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) not only in India but across the globe.

  • The COVID-19 has resulted in schools/colleges shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children/students are out of the classroom.
  • As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.
  • Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay.

1. Technologies used for online teaching – learning @ GCEM:

  • Video conferencing tool – Microsoft 365 & Teams
  • Digital Smart board - Senses Intelligent Interactive Panel
  • Webcam - Logitech Webcam HD B525
  • Headphones - Logitech H110 Wired headset with mic
  • PC/ Laptop/Smart phones
  • High speed internet (LAN & Wi-Fi) - 100mbps

Video conferencing tool – Microsoft 365 & Teams

Digital Smart board - Senses Intelligent Interactive Panel

Webcam - Logitech Webcam HD B525
Headphones - Logitech H110 Wired headset with mic

PC/ Laptop/Smart phones

High speed internet (LAN & Wi-Fi) - 100mbps

Methods used for online teaching – learning:

2.1 Virtual Class room in Microsoft Teams

With so much unknown right now in education, one thing we can do as educators is focus on meeting the needs of our students the best we can while remote learning.

We may have lost the sense of security and safety our physical classrooms gave us, but with the help of Microsoft Teamswe can expand those four walls and bring our students into a different type of interACTIVE learning environment.

Microsoft Teams has worked hard and listened to the needs of educators to make the platform as versatile and streamlined as possible.

With integrations and features such as announcements, OneNote class notebook, Tabs and Assignments, and chat—Teams provides teachers with options tailored for teaching and learning.

Holding Online Class in Teams

Microsoft Teams is a great platform to connect with students virtually and gives you as the teacher control of the meeting. You can speak and share video, mute and remove participants, share content and your screen, and privately view a PowerPoint presentation all while participating in a live meeting.

The organizer also has the option to start and stop recording of the meeting which allows for asynchronous learning by proving content to learners on their own time.

Students can also share their screen and view PowerPoint presentations during a chat, but the other features are for presenters only.

@ GCEM, WE ARE USING BOTH SMARTBOARD & MICROSOFT TEAMS TOGETHER FOR THE EFFECTIVE TEACHING – LEARNING

2.2 Live Online class:

Online ‘live classes’ is being organised by mathematics to minimise a difference in learning experience through the new learning environments and traditional classroom environment. These classes pay way to live interaction with students, which helps to make the class more dynamic. It also encourages and allows immediate answers to questions.

Personalized learning with the teacher, allows students to work through maths at an adjustable pace. The teacher spends less time focusing on an area the student is quick to master and more time focusing on an area that the student takes longer to be fully comfortable with through which an effective teaching-learning experience is provided.

2.3 Virtual Lab

Physical distances and the lack of resources make us unable to perform experiments, especially when they involve sophisticated instruments. Also, good teachers are always a scarce resource. Web-based and video-based courses address the issue of teaching to some extent.

With the present day internet and computer technologies the above limitations can no more hamper students and researchers in enhancing their skills and knowledge. Web enabled experiments can be designed for remote operation and viewing so as to enthuse the curiosity and innovation into students. This would help in learning basic and advanced concepts through remote experimentation.

Today most equipment has a computer interface for control and data storage. It is possible to design good experiments around some of this equipment which would enhance the learning of a student. Internet-based experimentation further permits use of resources, knowledge, software, and data available on the web, apart from encouraging skillful experiments being simultaneously performed at points separated in space (and possibly, time).