How to Teach Online: A Complete Guide for Beginners (2023)

Thinking about transforming your unique knowledge and expertise into a new career teaching online?

For many people just like you, it's proving to be a savvy move.

Online learning has surged in the past few years with an ever growing market for niche teachers. And it's not expected to slow down any time soon with a projected compound annual growth rate globally of 10.3% (reaching a global market size of $457.8 billion by 2026).

But let's be real, educating others isn’t as easy as it first seems.

Teaching online effectively requires striking a fine balance between possessing expertise in your field, technical know-how, and transforming this knowledge into something that can be understood through a refined teaching skillset.

As an expert in your field, the online teaching market provides an opportunity for you to build a successful business helping your audience achieve specialized outcomes.

And because online teaching has broken down the traditional barriers that formal education built, there's no limit to what you can teach. But first, you’ll need to learn how to teach online.

And we’re here to arm you with the tools needed to get started.

So, let’s dive right in…


Table Of Contents

The Benefits of Online Teaching

How Online Teaching Works

Joining a Teaching Platform

Teaching on Online Course Marketplaces

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Building an Online Course Business on a Platform You Own

How Much Money Can You Make Teaching Online?

Does an Online Teacher Need Specific Certifications?

Plan Your Course

Master Technology and Prepare for It

Establish an Effective Working Environment

Stimulate Discussions

Communicate Regularly

Motivate Your Students

Clarify Expectations

Be Present and Active

Your Turn to Teach Online

The Benefits of Online Teaching

There are more benefits to teaching online than many first realize. This is a lucrative sector with a web of opportunities that can expand as your online presence grows.

Through learning how to teach online, you can:

  • Choose your working hours
  • Be fully remote
  • Have a solid business foundation
  • Affirm your expertise
  • Claim authority in your field
  • Embrace your inner solopreneur
  • Build a brand true to your values
  • Convert leads into customers

How Online Teaching Works

There are three main ways to approach teaching online:

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  1. Online teaching platforms
  2. Online course marketplaces
  3. Offering courses through your own WordPress website using a Learning Management System (LMS) plugin.

Here at Thrive Themes, our bias is obviously towards recommending you build your own WordPress website for full control over every aspect of your info-product business. But, this article will also cover the other ways you can teach online classes to select the solution that best fits your unique circumstances.

Let’s get started by discussing the online teaching platform solutions...

Joining a Teaching Platform

Online teaching and tutoring platforms are growing at a rapid pace.

Teachers of all experience levels can make money online. Popular domains include language learning, secondary subject tutoring and further education.

These platforms also help you create an online teaching space, provide materials, and offer regular feedback to improve your performance as a teacher.

To join, you’ll have to prove that you're knowledgeable in your field and have strong teaching abilities. Before you are approved, expect to do a trial lesson. This could be live or recorded.

Here are some of the most reputable companies on the market:


    A one-stop-shop for after-school tutoring. This facilitates private tutoring in all U.S. secondary school subjects
  • Skooli

    Covers all levels of education from elementary school to university with tutoring from licensed teachers
  • TutorMe

    A highly accredited tutor-matching service with a vast range of subjects ranging from coding to chiropractics
  • Wize Prep

    Offers tutor services for all secondary school and university subjects with a comprehensive teacher training program
  • BuddySchool

    An open tutor platform that allows you to set your own price

Teaching on Online Course Marketplaces

If you don't want to work for an online teaching platform, what other options are available to you?

Often course creators decide to build and sell their info-products through online course marketplaces like Udemy, Skillshare and Udacity.

But even though these course marketplaces make it easy to build and launch online courses, the convenience they provide comes with some serious drawbacks for your online business. Most notably:

  1. The marketplace gives you limited control over your course pricing. On top of that, the marketplace can discount your courses as they wish and always take a significant percentage of your revenue for the honor.
  2. You have limited control over your marketing as your courses are forced to compete among the sea of competitors in your niche — all fighting for customers with race-to-the-bottom pricing
  3. You do not get access to your student email list. This means you have NO way to contact your students directly, making it near impossible to create a lasting and recurring revenue relationship with your course customers.

With all this in mind, we recommend...

Building an Online Course Business on a Platform You Own

To take your online teaching to the next level, your best option is to start your own business where you can have full control of your teaching career. This is also where DIY courses and Thrive Themes come in.

Building your own business teaching online from home is definitely for the solo-entrepreneur inside you. It’s where you can drip snippets of your wisdom into well-curated lessons and see them blossom into valuable courses.

And because it’s YOUR business, you get to set your course prices too.

Thrive Suite and the Benefits of Being Independent

All online businesses need a website, and WordPress is the free and flexible Content Management System (CMS) that most DIY entrepreneurs decide to use.

However, because WordPress was designed as a blogging platform and not a dedicated LMS, course creators often struggle to use it for delivering access-restricted lessons and learning resources to their students.

But that's where WordPress LMS plugins come in. These online course creation tools expand WordPress's functionality allowing you to build and sell online courses on your own website.

And no WordPress LMS plugin matches the online business power or design flexibility thatThrive Apprentice offers – Thrive Themes's online course building WordPress plugin.

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With Thrive Apprentice, you can create a host of online courses that you can sell from your very own WordPress website.

In fact, Thrive Apprentice comes bundled with several other online business building WordPress tools insideThrive Suite. From crafting high converting sales funnels with Thrive Architect, to building a fully customized WordPress theme with Thrive Theme Builder, to visually creating online courses you can sell with Thrive Apprentice — Thrive Suite has everything you need to build, market and grow your online business.

Pretty cool, right?

What’s more, creating an independent online course business on your own WordPress platform gives you the power to fill educational voids that haven'y been taught before. By digitizing the learning experience with Thrive Apprentice, you have the power to not just build courses, but an entire online school dedicated to helping people achieve the outcomes they desire.

“In just 1 day I created everything I needed to sell my courses.”
- BeHappy, Thrive Apprentice Customer

How Much Money Can You Make Teaching Online?

It’s probably MUCH more than you think.

Joining a teaching platform offers access to existing students, pre-made technology and materials. However, you'll get paid an hourly rate — set by the platform (not you!) — so you’ll never get compensated what your teaching is actually worth. The same principle holds true for selling your courses on online course marketplaces.

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But when you teach online courses independently —on your own WordPress platform —you get to set your own prices.

And, if your course solves a big problem for people, you can set that price high.

How high?

A reasonably priced, high-value course can easily sell for around $200. And if you can achieve the very realistic goal of selling just one course per day, that equates to a yearly income of ~$73,000.

Make a second course that achieves the same success, and your online course business is now well over the six-figure mark — income you’d never dream of making when teaching on online platforms owned by others!

Curious to learn how you can create and sell a reasonably priced online course for $200? Check out Course Craft, our premium course that will walk you through how to build an online course business — step-by-step.

Does an Online Teacher Need Specific Certifications?

… not really.

Many platforms see teaching certifications as another way to affirm the quality of education you offer, but not all require them. However, as we’ve discussed already, there are many ways to teach online from home that don't require and certificates.

It's important to know that students are more likely to hire teachers with experience and the testimonials to back any claims of experience up. And getting great testimonials, simply put, comes from being a great teacher.

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With great teaching, comes great testimonials to support your online business

If you haven’t worked to develop strong teaching skills, it will show.

And here’s a little secret: both great teaching and salesmanship are more similar than you think.

To sell your expertise, you’ll have to master the basics of communicating your ideas well when you teach online. While this doesn’t require a certificate, it does require an ability to break complex things down in ways that can be clearly understood.

Tips on Preparing How to Teach Online

Your biggest advantage as a teacher is that no one else can teach quite like YOU can.

Your personality, approach, and style are what set you apart from other people that teach your subject. Your uniqueness is your strength.

To this end, it’s important to know what you enjoy teaching, what you teach well AS WELL AS what you don’t.

Infuse your teaching with your own personality and you’ll uncover unique ways of conveying your expertise to others effectively — allowing you to become the master of teaching online your way.

If you still aren’t confident in your teaching abilities, check out our free course 8 Hacks to Become Better at Teaching Online Video Courses, where you’ll learn clever tips on how to become super comfortable teaching on camera, no matter what online teaching avenue you decide to pursue.

Plan Your Course

A course is taught over several lessons. Each lesson needs to have its own goal and clearly contribute to delivering the desired outcome of the course.

A well-planned course includes:

  • Clearly defined modules
  • Achievable outcomes
  • Tangible learning materials
  • Good resources
  • High-quality video or text content
  • Concept and skill building assignments

Sounds obvious, right?

A great class is comprehensive and fun. Think about how you learned a given topic and bring those elements into your lessons to create an experience that engages your students.

Every student has a different learning style. To help cater to them all, think about including book recommendations, checklists, or handy PDFs in your content so students can immediately apply their new knowledge after watching your videos.

Master Technology and Prepare for It

No one wants to learn from someone they cannot see and —most importantly — cannothear.

To teach online classes from home, you’ll need an excellent internet connection and an even better recording setup that captures stellar quality sound.

And here’s another online teaching secret: you don’t need to invest that much money in recording gear to achieve this.

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So before you turn your home office into a state-of-the-art film studio, give this free lesson a watch:

And once your online classroom is ready to go live, just make sure to complete a test run of the system to make sure everything is working properly.

Establish an Effective Working Environment

Where you teach is as important as the technology you teach with.

If you've never worked from home before, this will be a new experience for you. To teach classes online, you’ll need a quiet space with good acoustics for recording, and no chance of getting interrupted — be it human, loud road traffic, or a needy cat.

Stimulate Discussions

By kick-starting discussions within your course, you cultivate a community. This is a valuable opportunity to build relationships with your students in an environment that you have curated.

Get creative in promoting student discourse through forums, online groups, webinars and 1-on-1’s that leave your students feeling great about their learning experience.

Communicate Regularly

Communication is a two-way street.

On the one hand, your lessons offer students the chance to voice their questions, thoughts and opinions to become part of the learning conversation. On the other, it’s an opportunity to improve how you teach class online.

In most student-teacher environments, this can range from regular check-in emails to private coaching and surveys. Make it personal and be sure to address any student comments that crop up. Your students will notice if you don’t.

Motivate Your Students

What type of learning environment motivates students more? Online or in-person classrooms?’s a trick question!

Students are motivated by content they can benefit from and are deeply interested in, regardless of the learning format.

So do your best to make your content as valuable as it can be — ideally providing the desired outcomes your students are looking to you for.

Motivation will come naturally when your students know what they are getting from your course and you can deliver it succinctly. Which brings us to the next point...

Clarify Expectations

Your course should deliver all of its promises.

To do this, you need to clearly explain what students will and will not learn from your course.

Your course expectations should be painted with a clear brush strokes across both your marketing and learning content — as well as highlighted in bold at the start of your course.

Then it’s up to you to make sure your course delivers on those promises.

Think of it like tending to your garden. Pull out the weeds so there's space for the flowers to grow.

Setting clear course expectations is like getting your garden to weed itself by filtering for customers who will truly value the content you're offering. And the best way to do that is to be transparent with what’s in your course as well as what students will achieve by taking it.

Be Present and Active

Remaining aware of engagement levels and when they start to dip is a special skill that all great in-person teachers possess.

But when you teach online courses, it’s difficult to gauge this energy shift because you usually can’t see your students.

To sidestep this potential pitfall, do your best to cater to all learning styles as you make your content. Do this by giving your students short exercises, telling engaging stories, and demonstrating activities as you talk about them.

At the end of each lesson, ask for feedback in the comments section of the page (a feature built directly in to our Thrive Apprentice LMS plugin). Based on the feedback you receive, you can create engaging new content or host live events such as Q&As, coaching sessions, and peer-to-peer reviews to address common issues.

Your Turn to Teach Online

Your tool kit to get started teaching online should be pretty full by now.

We’ve broken down the different avenues online teaching can take you down and ironed out the benefits and pitfalls you’ll encounter along the way for each.

But before a student takes your first lesson, you’ll need to decide which approach to teaching online suits your unique circumstances best.

To get the most out of teaching online from home, our recommendation is to invest in yourself by building your own online teaching business.

To take the first step, check out ourUltimate Guide on How To Start an Online Business.

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It’s a complete step-by-step instruction manual that not only covers how to teach online, but also gives you the guidance necessary to grow a thriving online business — you control!


How can I be a better online teacher advice guide? ›

Top Tips for Effective Online Teaching
  1. Create Your Syllabus.
  2. Explore the Learning Platform.
  3. Offer Live Lectures.
  4. Include Graphics and Slides.
  5. Use a Variety of Teaching Methods.
  6. Use Open Source Resources.
  7. Provide Timely Feedback.
  8. Offer Virtual Office Hours.

How to teach online for beginners? ›

Tips On How To Teach Online: 7 Basic Principles
  1. Plan Your Classes. ...
  2. Prepare And Master Technology. ...
  3. Set Up A Reliable Working Station. ...
  4. Start Discussions. ...
  5. Communicate Regularly. ...
  6. Motivate Your Students. ...
  7. Ask For Help And Feedback. ...
  8. Understand Basic Student Needs.

What is the best way to teach virtually? ›

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Teaching and Learning
  1. Actively Engage Students. ...
  2. Provide Clear & Consistent Communication. ...
  3. Set Realistic Expectations. ...
  4. Stay in Regular Contact With Students. ...
  5. Know That Tech Difficulties WILL Happen. ...
  6. Be Extra Flexible. ...
  7. Meet Weekly With Colleagues. ...
  8. Set Boundaries.
Sep 3, 2020

How do you teach an online lesson plan? ›

Your online lesson plan should include the following:
  1. An Objective or Statement of Learning Goals. Objectives are the foundation of your digital lesson plan. ...
  2. Materials Required. ...
  3. The Procedure and Instructions. ...
  4. Group Sizes for Lessons and Activities. ...
  5. A Method of Assessing Student Progress Toward Objectives.
Aug 12, 2020

What is the most important quality of an excellent online instructor *? ›

Leading by example is the most important aspect for effective online instructors. If you show your students how things are done, they will learn. For example, if you ask your students to use APA Style in their discussion posts, you need to use APA Style yourself. That is what leading by example means.

What are the do's and don'ts of online teaching? ›

  • Be punctual, log in on time. ...
  • Read the syllabus. ...
  • Introduce yourself and respect your peers. ...
  • Set up your space, make sure it's quiet and uninterrupted. ...
  • Test your tech. ...
  • Embrace being flexible. ...
  • Don't be a wallflower, don't be afraid to speak up. ...
  • No excuses for bad tech.
Nov 17, 2020

How can I become a good beginner teacher? ›

Be a professional at all times.

Dress appropriately for your teaching environment. Keep your teaching materials and classroom organized. Spend time preparing for each day of teaching. Show respect when talking with your colleagues and administrators.

How do you teach a beginner lesson? ›

7 tips for teaching English to beginners
  1. Keep instructions clear and simple. ...
  2. Let them listen first. ...
  3. Drill, repeat, drill, repeat, drill… ...
  4. Establish classroom language early on. ...
  5. Avoid metalanguage. ...
  6. Don't forget that your students are fluent in their own language(s) ...
  7. Prepare well, prepare a lot, keep them talking.
Jun 15, 2017

Which app is best for teaching online? ›

Seven Best Online Teaching Apps
  1. ClassIn. ClassIn is a leading EdTech app that provides all-inclusive solutions for online learning. ...
  2. Zoom. ...
  3. Teachmint. ...
  4. TeacherKit. ...
  5. Kahoot! ...
  6. Quizizz. ...
  7. Educreations.
Feb 28, 2022

What are the styles of online teaching? ›

The main finding was the four styles of online teaching: a) the designer oriented, b) the corrector oriented, c) the mediator oriented and d) the facilitator oriented. Each type of style manifests a group of qualities that allow for differentiation.

What the best online teachers should do? ›

How To Be An Effective Online Teacher
  • Be Present. ...
  • Set The Expectations. ...
  • Let The Students Do The Work. ...
  • Nurture A Supportive Online Community. ...
  • Think Before You Write. ...
  • Ask For Feedback. ...
  • Foster Personal Relationships With Each Student. ...
  • Make Use Of Group And Individual Projects.
Sep 24, 2016

How do you teach soft skills virtually? ›

In a virtual classroom, teachers have many options for developing soft skills in their students. Some good examples include: Group projects. Mock interviews.
  1. Group projects in virtual classrooms. ...
  2. Mock interviews. ...
  3. Video diaries. ...
  4. Virtual learning with peer feedback.
Feb 15, 2022

What techniques teachers are using to teach online? ›

  • 1.Experiment with graphical presentations.
  • Use virtual white board.
  • Try out flipped classroom method ​
  • Take live online classes more often.
  • Exercise healthy group discussions and debates.
  • Record screens and videos by using different tools.
  • Use Artificial Intelligence for improving teaching techniques.

What are the five 5 parts of lesson plan? ›

A good lesson plan should include the following 5 components; lesson topic, class objectives, procedure, time management, and student practice.

What materials are needed to teach online? ›

Teaching online: what hardware and software do you need?
  • Hardware.
  • A stable internet connection. ...
  • A range a devices: desktop computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. ...
  • Headphones and a microphone – preferably in an all-in-one headset. ...
  • A (detachable) webcam. ...
  • A mouse and a keyboard. ...
  • A CD/DVD drive. ...
  • Software.
Feb 4, 2020

What are the 5 tips to be successful in online learning? ›

5 Tips to Succeed in Online Learning
  • Develop a Schedule. Commit to making your online coursework part of your weekly routine. ...
  • Set Specific Goals. Create daily goals and set reminders for yourself to complete tasks within specific windows of time.
  • Get Connected. ...
  • Create a Designated Study Space. ...
  • Stay healthy.

What are the three most important skills online learners should show? ›

In reality, online courses require just as much, if not more, time and energy as traditional classroom courses.
What Makes a Successful Online Learner?
  • Persistence. ...
  • Effective Time-Management Skills. ...
  • Effective and Appropriate Communication Skills. ...
  • Basic Technical Skills.

What makes a successful online lesson? ›

10 Tips for Success in Online Classes
  • Establish a productive learning environment. ...
  • Set a schedule for completing and reviewing assignments. ...
  • Seek virtual interactions with your peers.
  • Use the 'chunking' strategy to section out tasks.
  • Try to increase your interest in the work.

What is the biggest challenge in online teaching? ›

Let's take a look at the biggest challenges facing distance education today and review some specific tips for how to overcome them.
  • #1. Technical Issues.
  • #2. Lack of Motivation.
  • #3. Feelings of Isolation.
  • #4. Effective Time Management.
  • #5. Managing Distractions and Staying Focused.
Nov 21, 2022

What are the five basic rules on online classroom meeting? ›

One of the best ways to create said environment is to implement virtual classroom rules and expectations.
7 Virtual Classroom Rules and Expectations
  • Be Prepared. ...
  • Show Up On Time. ...
  • Dress Appropriately. ...
  • Mute the Microphone. ...
  • Turn the Camera On. ...
  • Minimize Distractions. ...
  • Pay Attention.
Jul 26, 2022

What are the key teaching elements to be a successful teacher for online? ›

9 strategies for effective online teaching
  • Know the technology. ...
  • Expect the unexpected and remain flexible. ...
  • Create and maintain a strong presence. ...
  • Set clear expectations for the course. ...
  • Establish a sense of comfort and develop a community of learners.
Mar 24, 2020

What are the 5 qualities of a good teacher? ›

Some qualities of a good teacher include skills in communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy and patience. Other characteristics of effective teaching include an engaging classroom presence, value in real-world learning, exchange of best practices and a lifelong love of learning.

What should I do in the first week of teaching? ›

Plan for the first week—no more, no less. Use the first week to develop routines for using the bathroom, sharing ideas, getting materials, finding the daily schedule, and other important classroom techniques and procedures. Your goal is to have everyone on the same page by the end of the first week of school.

How can I improve my teaching skills? ›

Tips to Improve Teaching Skills
  1. Patience and Creativity. ...
  2. Identify Student's Learning Technique. ...
  3. Keep Up Enthusiasm and Confidence. ...
  4. Work with Dedication to the Organization. ...
  5. Adopt New Technology. ...
  6. Meet other Teachers. ...
  7. Evaluate your Performance. ...
  8. Ask for Student and Faculty Feedback.
May 12, 2022

What is the fastest way to learn a lesson? ›

Science proves there are six ways you can learn and retain something faster.
  1. Teach Someone Else (Or Just Pretend To) ...
  2. Learn In Short Bursts of Time. ...
  3. Take Notes By Hand. ...
  4. Use The Power of Mental Spacing. ...
  5. Take A Study Nap. ...
  6. Change It Up.
Aug 30, 2016

What is a fun way to teach a lesson? ›

Here are 10 ways you can make learning and education more exciting for your students.
  1. Break up Your Lessons. ...
  2. Give Your Students Choices. ...
  3. Incorporate Games. ...
  4. Create Group Time. ...
  5. Get up and Move. ...
  6. Incorporate Hands-On Learning. ...
  7. Be Open to Creativity. ...
  8. Schedule Field Trips.

Why is starting to teach so hard? ›

Being a teacher takes patience, dedication, passion, and the ability to do more with less. It is a treacherous journey often filled with just as many valleys as there are mountains. Those committed to the profession do so simply because they want to be difference makers.

What is the best free online platform for teaching? ›

Click the links below to skip ahead:
  • What is an online teaching platform?
  • How are online learning and online teaching platforms different?
  • 11 best free online teaching platforms in 2023. Thinkific. Udemy. Skillshare. Teachable. Podia. LearnWorlds. Kajabi. WizIQ. EdApp. Arlo. LearnDash.
Jun 10, 2022

Which free software is best for online teaching? ›

Teaching Tools for Classroom Management
  • Edmodo. Edmodo is software that enables you to bring your classroom online. ...
  • ClassDojo. ...
  • Google Classroom. ...
  • Class123. ...
  • Flubaroo. ...
  • Show My Homework.
Dec 7, 2022

Which platform is more friendly to online teachers? ›

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a highly interactive, browser-based online teaching platform built to create learning experiences. The platform also features an interactive whiteboard, live chat sessions, live polls and quizzes, screen sharing, and real-time annotations and text.

What teachers should do during online classes? ›

5 things teachers can do to improve online teaching.
  • Utilize a variety of technology options. ...
  • Connect to students individually. ...
  • Prepare to work with parents. ...
  • Consider new learning methods. ...
  • Provide collaboration and socialization opportunities.
Aug 9, 2020

What are the 7 methods of teaching? ›

List Of Teaching Methods
  • Teacher-Centered Instruction. ...
  • Small Group Instruction. ...
  • Student-Centered / Constructivist Approach. ...
  • Project-Based Learning. ...
  • Montessori. ...
  • Inquiry-Based Learning. ...
  • Flipped Classroom. ...
  • Cooperative Learning.

What is the average salary of a online teacher? ›

Online Teacher salary in India ranges between ₹ 0.2 Lakhs to ₹ 6.9 Lakhs with an average annual salary of ₹ 3.0 Lakhs.

What should the instructor stop doing? ›

10 Things Educators Should Stop Doing, According to Principals
  • Holding their pee. ...
  • Assigning daily homework. ...
  • Punishing elementary students for being late to school. ...
  • Asking kids what they did over break. ...
  • Doing work after hours. ...
  • Giving weekly spelling tests. ...
  • Using classroom reward systems and treasure chests.
Mar 22, 2022

How do I make online teaching more interactive? ›

Create a more engaging virtual classroom
  1. Present your best (online) self.
  2. Use technology to your advantage.
  3. Find what inspires your students.
  4. Set goals and help students stick to them.
  5. Keep it interactive.
  6. Break down the lessons and make it digestible.
  7. Make your students feel valued.
  8. Be patient with your students.

How do I make my virtual teaching more interactive? ›

8 Ways To Make Online Classes More Interactive
  1. Incorporate Active Learning.
  2. Combine different media types into engaging learning scenarios.
  3. Try running a cohort-based course.
  4. Incorporate live lessons.
  5. Use Microlearning.
  6. Use storytelling methods of teaching.
  7. Use Gamification.
  8. Pause for questions and answer live chats.
Sep 8, 2021

What are the 9 strategies for effective online teaching? ›

Strategies for Teaching Online
  • Writing your syllabus. ...
  • Working with Teaching Assistants. ...
  • Creating inclusive and equitable online learning environments. ...
  • Engaging discussions online. ...
  • Promote student well-being. ...
  • Facilitating effective online meetings. ...
  • Other resources.

What are the 4 teaching styles? ›

4 Elementary Teaching Styles
  • Instructor-Focused Teaching. Instructor-focused teaching—the approach to education that involves a central figure guiding the learning experience—is probably the most well-known teaching style. ...
  • Student-Focused Teaching. ...
  • Student-Led Teaching. ...
  • Collaboration-Driven Teaching.
Nov 18, 2022

What is the best teaching style? ›

Experiential learning is a great teaching method because it encourages creativity, helps students learn from mistakes, fosters reflective thinking, and prepares students for future experiences. It can be effective for several subjects, especially during science experiments, sports coaching, and group projects.

What is the 4 P's in lesson plan? ›

Students break into small groups and create a marketing plan for a product or service of their choice. They determine the four P's: the product, price, promotion and place, then present their findings to the class.

What is the 4 A's of lesson plan? ›

School Lesson Plan

Choose a topic that you want the children in your class to learn and apply the 4-A's of activating prior knowledge, acquiring new knowledge, applying the knowledge, and assessing the knowledge.

What are the 5 A's in lesson planning? ›

What do you think the students meant when they said straight As? (Note to Teacher: Hopefully students will discuss that they meant excelling in the 5As—Academics, Activities, Arts, Athletics, and Attitude.)

What are the steps to teach online? ›

How To Prepare For Teaching Online
  1. Plan Your Classes. Your students are not physically in front of you. ...
  2. Prepare And Master Technology. ...
  3. Set Up An Adequate Working Environment. ...
  4. Innovate And Stimulate Discussions. ...
  5. Communicate Regularly. ...
  6. Motivate Your Students. ...
  7. Ask For Help And Feedback. ...
  8. Final Thoughts.
Oct 20, 2016

What can teachers do to improve online teaching? ›

How To Improve Your Online Teaching
  1. Engage With Your Learners Online. ...
  2. Create A Supportive Learning Environment. ...
  3. Use A Mix Of Learning Tools For Better Engagement. ...
  4. Provide Ongoing Feedback. ...
  5. Make eLearning Content Mobile.
Dec 22, 2016

What should teachers do to improve online learning? ›

Here are some tips on improving the online experience, for yourself and for your students.
  1. Get Personal. ...
  2. Forge Connections. ...
  3. Engage and Motivate. ...
  4. Provide Clarity. ...
  5. Monitor Performance. ...
  6. Ensure Equity. ...
  7. Stimulate Conversation. ...
  8. Keep It Fresh.
Apr 7, 2021

What makes an effective online teacher? ›

Results from the analysis identified the following five attributes: effective online teachers avoid a didactic approach, vary their pedagogy, use productive failure, facilitate the learning process and provide a seamless structure.

How do you keep students attention in a virtual classroom? ›

Keeping Your Students Engaged in the Virtual Classroom
  1. Use live media. Presentations that contain only blocks of texts are boring. ...
  2. Encourage students to chat. ...
  3. Conduct breakout sessions. ...
  4. Play games.
Jan 29, 2021

What are the methods of online teaching? ›

Types of Online Learning
  • Asynchronous Online Courses. These types of course offerings do not take place in real–time. ...
  • Synchronous Online Courses. ...
  • Hybrid Courses. ...
  • Providing Continuity. ...
  • Distributing Materials. ...
  • Creating Content. ...
  • Curating Content. ...
  • Fostering Collaboration.

What is the biggest key to success in online learning? ›

What Makes a Successful Online Learner?
  1. Persistence. Persistence is perhaps the biggest key to success in online learning. ...
  2. Effective Time-Management Skills. ...
  3. Effective and Appropriate Communication Skills. ...
  4. Basic Technical Skills. ...
  5. Reading and Writing Skills. ...
  6. Motivation and Independence. ...
  7. A Good Study Environment.

What are the top 3 things you want to learn online? ›

30 skills you can learn online
  • Coding. Coding is a skill that many employers value, regardless of the specific position you hold. ...
  • Excel skills. ...
  • Language skills. ...
  • Adobe Photoshop skills. ...
  • Photography skills. ...
  • Writing skills. ...
  • Chatbot development. ...
  • Search engine optimization.
Dec 7, 2020

What three things are necessary to be a successful online learner? ›

Log in regularly to their classes usually a minimum of three times per week. Have good time management skills. Plan to ensure enough time to study and complete assignments. Commit 6 – 9 hours per week per three-credit class.

What are the skills of online teaching? ›

7 Online Teaching Skills Worth Developing
  • Time Management.
  • Stimulating Virtual Learning Environment.
  • Communication Skills.
  • Use of Feedback.
  • Adaptability & Curriculum Support.
  • Engage Students.
  • Constant Learning & Subject Expertise.
Mar 28, 2022

How can I be a good instructor? ›

Some qualities of a good teacher include skills in communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy and patience. Other characteristics of effective teaching include an engaging classroom presence, value in real-world learning, exchange of best practices and a lifelong love of learning.


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