How does feedback play an important role in online teaching?

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Apart from teaching the lessons, conducting assessments, and evaluating each student’s performance, a teacher should know how to effectively interact with his/her students. Active interaction between the students and teachers helps in improving a lot of things. Collecting feedback from students would help a teacher to analyze the method of his/her teaching, ways to improve it, his/her engagement with the students, and more. Feedback plays a very crucial role when it comes to online teaching. This blog will explain the importance of collecting feedback from students and how it benefits, especially in online learning.

How does feedback play an important role in online teaching?

Apart from teaching the lessons, conducting assessments, and evaluating each student’s performance, a teacher should know how to effectively interact with his/her students. Active interaction between the students and teachers helps in improving a lot of things. Collecting feedback from students would help a teacher to analyze the method of his/her teaching, ways to improve it, his/her engagement with the students, and more. Feedback plays a very crucial role when it comes to online teaching. This blog will explain the importance of collecting feedback from students and how it benefits, especially in online learning.

Why is feedback important for online teaching?

In a traditional classroom, where you can interact with your students face-to-face, it is easy to gather feedback from them. You can simply observe every student’s behavior, how actively they respond to your questions, how attentively they listen, etc., and get to know how to improve your teaching. 

However, when it comes to online education, you don’t get a chance to see your students all the time. Most of the time, you will be making them learn through your recorded videos. Unless you ask for feedback, you wouldn’t know whether your videos need any improvement or not.

Online learning includes a lot of things other than teaching. You should make sure whether the video quality, audio quality, the method of teaching, speed of teaching, etc., are comfortable for the students. This is why feedback is more important in online teaching. 

Benefits of feedback in online teaching

  • To know their motivation.

Asking a few students before starting to teach will help to know the motivation level of your students and their mindset. If the students are motivated, they will listen to your lecture more effectively. So, checking the level of motivation before teaching and providing enough motivation to learn is important in classroom management. This would also help you to know the learning interests of your students. 

This kind of feedback would help you design the learning activities that match the common interests of your students. Students would find it more engaging and confident if they learn according to their learning interests. In this way, students would learn more, and they don’t feel learning is so stressful.

  • To know how to improve online teaching. 

Every student has a different potential to learn, and every teacher has a different style of teaching. Your way of teaching would be interesting to a few students, and some students may find it difficult to cope with the speed of your teaching. You cannot identify whether every student is comfortable with your teaching from the first-ever video itself. Then how could you know whether your students are okay with your online teaching?

After uploading a few videos, conduct a feedback session where all students are given a chance to open up their views on your teaching. Or you can give them a feedback form where you ask a few questions about your teaching, and the students are asked to answer them. By doing so, you will be able to learn whether your teaching needs any improvement, which leads to upgrading your online teaching. 

  • To identify the knowledge of your students.

When you are about to start a series of videos about a specific topic, it is better to ask some questions to your students first. This helps you to know the knowledge of your students on that specific topic. By knowing that, you can plan how deeply you have to make the learning videos. 

For example, if you are well aware of a specific topic, you can cover that topic in a minimum number of videos without elaborating much. At the same time, if your students are not that aware of that topic, you can spend more time and record some extra videos about that topic to make your students understand it very well. 

  • To know the difficulties of your students in online learning.

Since online learning is drastically shifting the way of learning, not every student would find it easy to transform their learning. Still, there would be some students who find it difficult to learn things online. At the same time, it is not sure whether they are given a chance to speak up about the struggles and difficulties they face. This may affect their academic performance unless it is addressed soon.

Collecting feedback on online learning would let you know whether your students face any difficulty with it. If so, you can analyze the different solutions and make your students learn comfortably online. 

Sum it Up

Teachers who gather feedback from their students and try to make the suggested improvements are known to upgrade their teaching to the next higher level. Feedback helps both the teachers and students to benefit from online learning. Teachers would find the best way to teach effectively, and students would get the most suitable way of teaching from their teachers, which collectively leads to successful online learning and teaching. We at Classplus help teachers to hold all there work regarding their online classes in their own app customized as per their requirements and help them find solutions to all their problems.