How to Monitor the Online Classroom

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Online courses are a growing trend in education. As a result, teachers are tasked with creating ways to effectively instill knowledge and monitor students for honest, ethical classroom behavior.

What Is an Online Classroom?

As the popularity of online courses grows, more students are present in online classrooms. Students can attend class on the Internet, eliminating the need for them to be in a physical location to attend a class. As a result, education has had to change to meet the needs of the students and accommodate the learning process.

As a teacher, you need to adapt your classroom strategies for an online environment. You and your students both need to be aware of your responsibilities in the online classroom. You also need to choose effective ways to monitor student work when you are not all together in a physical classroom.

What Are the Responsibilities of Online Students and Instructors?

When you kick off an online course, you need to set some ground rules to ensure that students understand that they are as responsible for doing their work as in a traditional classroom. Students must know the importance of responsible, respectful, and honest participation. Remind them that their goal should be to gain a valuable education. If their goal is to cheat or slide through, a diploma or degree will have little value for their future.

As an online instructor, your responsibility is increased to create engaging content, assign projects and papers that are fitting for online classes, and encourage students to be excited about learning. Students are more likely to be honest and engaged when you provide interesting lectures and meaningful assignments to individuals and groups within your online class. You must also create rules and consequences that support administration policies regarding online participation.

How Are Courses Monitored in an Online Classroom?

One challenge you may face as the teacher of an online course is monitoring your students. This may be a particular challenge if either you or your students are new to online courses. You need to ensure that students are submitting their own work and taking tests personally when you are not together in a physical classroom. Some helpful techniques you can use to monitor online students are using virtual face-to-face technology, using proctors to monitor student tests or attendance, and creating coursework that minimizes the need for monitoring.

Using Virtual Face-to-face Technology

Whether you use Skype or another video conferencing system, you can interact with students personally, regardless of their location around the world. This technology is useful for creating a bond between the students in the class and between them and you. This technology can also help ensure students are taking their own tests and participating personally.

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