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Online teaching challenges
There are constraints in real-time online lessons due to the online technologies.
Here are some of them:
- variable internet connection quality
- difficult to obtain feedback from students
- difficult to provide feedback to students
- difficult to observe student work
- very limited board space
- handwriting is difficult
- conversations and discussions are difficult with more than about 4 people
- limited to oral/aural and visual communication
- everything takes more time online.
There are also differences in the number of senses that can be used. In a face-to-face class, lessons can involve all the senses – sight, sound, touch, kinaesthetic, and even taste and smell! Online, you are limited to visual and oral/aural communication.
Lessons that were effective in face-to-face classrooms may need to be adjusted in order to run effectively online.