When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in the spring of 2020, many schools were ordered to physically close. As a result, teachers across the state and nation have found themselves teaching students in a remote or online format.
Currently, many state-certified teachers have learned to teach or use teaching methods through university and college teacher preparation programs, and the methods they have learned are widely effective in teaching. face to face.
However, teaching online requires a different set of skills or teaching methods than face-to-face teaching. Online teachers must have knowledge and experience of digital tools and applications and must be able to build relationships and communicate with students remotely.
Effective online teachers plan and manage course content and instructional delivery through the use of technology such as video, and they skillfully build a community of online learners.
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Since the pandemic, enrollment in online or virtual programs continues to increase, increasing the need for more effective online teachers. The logical place to start teacher education is in college and university teacher education programs.
Future teachers could benefit immensely if programs incorporated foundational experiences in planning and facilitating online learning into each methods course. Colleges and universities hold the key to preparing future teachers for the reality of teaching in today’s classrooms, physical or online.
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