Thousands of teachers are continuing classes asynchronously during school closures using Numerade. Our free ‘Office Hours’ platform allows educators to record and share lessons with their class, take ‘virtual’ attendance, and conduct video Q&A with students.
Used correctly, remote asynchronous classes on Office Hours provide students and educators with a better learning experience than live-online lectures.
Follow these simple tips to get the most of Office Hours and ensure your the education of your students does not suffer during school closures.
Create Playlists – Curate lessons recorded by fellow educators and assign them to your class.
It can be a challenge to produce enough lesson content to engage and educate students at the same level of an in-person class. Numerade has over 250,000 lessons created by our expert team of educators in popular STEM subjects that can be shared with your class inside of Office Hours. Select the lessons that address the exact topics and textbooks you teach with and add them to a playlist assigned to your class to supplement your normal lectures.
Grade Participation with Questions – Require students to pose questions in order to earn their participation grade.
Every teacher knows one of the best indicators of students comprehension is the quality of the questions they ask. Basing a participation grade off of questions asked is not novel by any means, but is something many teachers transitioning online often leave out. With Office Hours it is easy for students to pose questions and to reply to them with a video. The additional benefit of this feature is that the entire class can rewatch your response to each question, which is a huge help come test prep time.
Creating Consistency – Publish lessons following a schedule.
With the newfound freedoms moving classes remote and asynchronous afford, it is crucial to remember that students still need structure. One of those freedoms for students is the option to watch lessons whenever they want. However, it is important to adhere to a strict schedule for releasing content. This will help develop habits in students to check at the same time everyday for class. It will also keep a routine that is sustainable.