Online classes can also be very boring. In the past, studies reveal that undergraduate students who have traditional lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail because it is not stimulating enough. This is compared to a different group that is given a more active learning method. While this study involves students in a traditional classroom, it can be assumed that these findings can also be held true for online classes.
We all know that lectures cannot be avoided. After all, it is the most straightforward way for people to learn. However, technology has brought us more options when it comes to learning. Although lectures are important, there are different ways that it can be delivered so it ends up being more interesting. Since the learning is done online, you can take advantage of the various programs and applications to make what would have been a boring lecture more interesting. When it is interesting, the learners will be more engaged and inclined to participate more.
Here are some of the options that you can use to keep online classes from being too boring despite the text-heavy content that you have to cover.
Make use of a story
This is one of the most effective ways to turn a boring content into something more engaging and interesting. This will make the content come alive and will help you organize it so it does not become boring. Let us say, for example, you are teaching history. This is one of the most boring lessons to teach. But if you teach it through a story, it will be more interesting to the students. You can also deliver the story in such a way that they will choose where they think the story will go after every scene. This will help you gauge how much they know about the lesson and have them hooked to the online course.
Even if you are teaching math or science, a story will still prove to be very useful. You can opt to include the learner in the story. Give them problems to solve and allow them to choose which way the story should go. This involvement will help make the lesson more memorable to them.
Another way to make a lesson more interesting is by involving the experts. Of course, you want to make sure the “expert” is someone who is not only knowledgeable but can give life to the lesson. If you know they are boring, then that would defeat the purpose of involving them in the lesson. But if they are known to be able to stir a crowd with their words, then it would be great to include them. It does not have to be live. You can get a video of them explaining a topic that you want to discuss. If the expert is someone familiar to the learners, then their involvement alone will make the lesson interesting already.
Introduce a problem
Making the learners think is another technique you can use to turn online classes from being boring. This is why you should start the lesson with a problem. Get them thinking from the very start. Introducing a problem will also keep them hooked – especially if it is a problem that they have been struggling with even before they started the online course. This will help strengthen the value of the online course. If they know it can answer a problem that they are currently having, then they will put more value into it. If anything, that will surely make them pay attention to what you have to say – even if it is boring.
Consider these three techniques to help you keep online classes from being too boring. When you have an interesting lesson, the learners will be more inclined to keep their attention on what is being taught.
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