Good digital learning environments

The students participate in many digital teaching and learning activities during this time. As a teacher, you must therefore pay attention to how you create a good framework for the students' learning (and well-being) in the digital learning environment. We have gathered some advice here.

Prioritize synchronous distance learning

Synchronous distance learning supports the students' experience of being part of a well-structured education and a safe and intellectually stimulating study environment in a situation like this, where it can be difficult (near impossible) to maintain contact with the students. By using synchronous distance learning, a good study culture can be created for students to meet online with fellow students for teaching. You can begin distance learning by describing your pedagogy and plan for answering questions before, during, and / or after teaching. It is important that you take the time to comment on the questions either during the scheduled break in the class or for one hour immediately after the class.

Create a clear framework for contact

A clear and secure digital learning environment is characterized by creating a clear framework for how and when the students can get in touch with you, the teacher. For example, set up a timed discussion board on Blackboard, from which you gather up questions related to exercises or online teaching. E.g. you can set aside an hour for discussion forums immediately after each synchronous online teaching, or you can set regular times daily or weekly so that there is a clear framework for when students can ask questions and get feedback.

Make the most of the written information and use the well-known communication channels such as BlackBoard, emails and websites. Have a colleague read the information or ask a team representative from whom you can get feedback.

Agree on supervision

For undergraduate and graduate students, you can offer online supervision via Skype for Business within set time. You can also show gratitude by having a fixed telephone time during the teaching period. It is about showing goodwill and understanding of the situation the students have come into as a group and individuals. It is a good idea to choose a communication format where you can share screen with the students. Students have free access to both Zoom and Skype for Business, and here you can discuss students' written material by sharing screen.

Group supervision at online meetings requires a clearer structure than physical meetings. Choose a meeting leader and a referrer for each meeting - preferably a student for each post. Make very clear appointments for which tasks each student should have worked on for the next time. As always, a good tutoring meeting is a prepared tutorial meeting, and with online group tutoring this is even more important. Then ask the students to send you material and cover letter well in advance so that you can prepare.