Golden Rules of Remote Readiness
- Put the pedagogy first
Yes, it's important to know how to use platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom. However, the most important thing you can focus on is that your teaching strategies are fit for purpose. Make sure your teaching is accessible, relevant and that learning activities are fit for purpose in the context of your learners. I've seen a lot of teachers constantly plough a lot of time and energy into an activity or platform which simply doesn't work with their learners and the quality of education is actually reduced rather than improved! Don't fall into this trap - it's easy to be suckered in by a flashy tool without really giving it a thorough appraisal.
- Do it now, perfect it later
Undoubtedly there is a need to try new things when it comes to delivering online. There is a plethora of activities/platforms/tools to engage your learners - it's really unlikely you'll get it right first time, but don't panic about that. Get feedback from your learners - what's working? What's not working? What do they want to do more of? Use this feedback and do more of what works!
- Role model
It's really unlikely that the world of work will ever look the same after this massive shift to an online way of working. Therefore, it seems an essential part of what we need to teach is what good online behaviour looks like. It's important that as teachers we role model what this good behaviour looks like, communicating effectively and professionally and really preparing our learners for the change in the world of work.
- Keep in touch
Maintaining open channels of communication between everyone is difficult but essential. Build your communities from within, whether that's with your teams, your learners or cross-organisationally. Whether you're working, teaching, or learning from home it can be an isolating experience - ensuring that there's a place to go for help, assistance and just a general chat can be crucial for peoples' wellbeing.