Online Teaching and Learning Platforms and Tools

Teaching staff should prepare for online teaching and learning. Undertaking online teaching and learning activities requires preparation. The steps below guide teaching staff to adopt FREE and accessible online tools to enable content delivery, engagement and assessment. Below is a basic guide for preparing a shift from face-to-face teaching to online teaching (we have drawn reference to the resource page developed by Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching of the University of Cape Town).

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Understand the shift from face-to-face to online teaching and learning
Organizing the Calendar
 Create a plan for
online teaching and learning
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Present content
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Engage students in learning activities
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Administer assessment
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Organise and
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Organise and communicate

  • Create an online classroom to structure the teaching and learning resources and student learning activities.

This video provides a glimpse of various useful communication apps that teachers can use to communicate online, from a distance with students, parents, fellow teachers and other administrative staff.

Online classroom tools

Communication guidelines

  • Communicate early and regularly

  • Consider a weekly or semi-weekly update email to keep students on track. Even if you are still planning, communicate that updates will follow.

  • Establish how students can contact you, and when to expect a response.

  • Set up a FAQ and refer to it

Communication tools