Online teaching is the process wherein all the process of teaching and learning is done via the internet. It has made learning accessible for everyone, from anywhere around the globe. Teachers can teach using an online teaching app in the comfort of their homes.

Online learning has its own set of advantages but there are challenges that both the teachers and the students have to deal with. The challenges can be different however, they can work on it through proper communication and collaboration between themselves.

This article points out the common mistakes that online teachers make and the ways to avoid them.

1. No Engagement

Rushing to complete the syllabus is a nig mistake that teachers make. If you conduct online classes but only deliver lectures while the students have to sit quietly and listen to you speaking, you will not be able to grasp their interest. Students who learn through online classes are already in isolation, the best that a teacher can do to not make them feel unhappy about online learning is to hold interactive sessions otherwise, it would be them sitting and staring at the screen with their minds roaming all over the place but the lecture.

Make sure to interact with your students. Ask them questions, suggestions and opinions as you teach. Hold quizzes, discussion sessions and debates. Also, give them feedback.

2. Not Turning On The Camera

Students who have had the habit of staring at their teacher when they taught in class in the traditional classes will not find the online classrooms interesting if you turn off their camera during lectures. Also, asking the students to mute themselves and turn off their cameras might seem comforting for a short period but, in the long run, will erode their interest in learning or attending the class. They might just log in and not pay attention at all.

Keep your camera on, always, and ask the students to do the same. Have conversations with them while you teach.

3. Making Assumptions

Teachers need to understand that not every student will have good internet connectivity always. Also, not all of them will be well-acquainted with the digital software and tools used for their learning. Making assumptions and not thinking from a student's perspective is a big mistake that an online teacher can make.

Give a quick tutorial about the tools and software used for them. Tell them to inform you when they face any technical issue. Make changes in your curriculum to best suit the online teaching platform.

4. Not Giving Feedback

Feedback is necessary. They help people know what they are good at and in which areas they need to improve. It is the same with students as well.

Not giving feedback to students will not motivate them to work harder. The chances of the students becoming disinterested in the subject increases.

Give appropriate feedback to students whenever necessary. Also, take their feedback on which areas you can improve on.

5. Not Incorporating Different Approaches

If you teach only through live classes and for some reason, the student cannot attend the lecture, it will be his loss. Also, what if a student wishes to go through the lecture once again?

For all these reasons you need to make sure that you incorporate different approaches in your teaching style. Record your classes and provide notes to the students. Use different assessment methods to test their learning.

As a teacher, you are bound to face challenges. A good teacher is one who knows how to tackle them.