The minute the term “virtual learning (or even teaching)” comes to mind, most people dwell on its importance for modern students. But, have you ever wondered how the world is so keen on making teaching (virtual or otherwise) a give-and-give process? It’s time to break such stereotypical thought processes. Teachers gain as much from e-learning as the students they teach. So, let’s talk about the lesser-discussed benefits of virtual teaching platforms – for teachers!
- Encourages creativity
From an average student’s viewpoint, physical classes are monotonous enough. Add to it the technological barrier, and it can become highly challenging for teachers to monitor whether students on the other end are interested or fast asleep with their videos turned off. Teachers need to do more than periodic monitoring to get the students engaged. They can let their creative juices flow in the form of interactive activities like quizzes, peer reviews, games, brainstorming sessions, and more.
- Offers opportunity at self-reflection
E-teaching platforms allow teachers to take live classes and have those sessions recorded for student reference. But, these recorded sessions are as much available for teachers themselves to watch, analyze, and reflect on their teaching practices. Were they too fast? Did they skip a vital topic? Is their teaching method too complex? Based on such reflections, changes can be made down the line. This is a unique benefit that physical classes cannot offer.
- Helps save time
Time is the new currency. Online teaching platforms are helping educators save significant amounts of time by simply taking away the need to commute. The time that might have otherwise been spent travelling to and from the educational institution can now be dedicated to developing better and more engaging learning concepts and practices for students.
- Improves teaching efficiency
The teaching-learning curve improves when the teacher receives real-time feedback on whether the students find the class interesting, whether they can understand the concepts being taught, and more. Plus, the technological barrier works wonders in opening students up – they do not feel as shy in approaching the teacher with their queries and weaknesses as they might in case of a one-on-one conversation.
Since this provides the teacher with a more intimate understanding of each student, they can come up with more efficient methods of teaching that could more or less be tailored to their students’ collective needs.