HOW TO PROPERLY ENGAGE STUDENTS AND HOW TO KEEP THEM ENGAGED EVEN IN THE CASE OF ONLINE TEACHING
University of Zilina, Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 14th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 8-9 November, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:Many schools have been closed to account for the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this did not mean that teaching at these schools did not take place. An example is the University of Žilina in Žilina, where teaching has shifted from full-time to remote learning. In the last period, it was problematic to keep the student's attention during full-time teaching. It was all the more difficult to keep the student's attention during the teaching in the distance form of study.
A model situation can be that, for example, each student was alone in the room at home, from where he distantly joined a lesson (lecture or an exercises). However, the problem was that not all educators required students to have their cameras turned on as well as microphones, which would otherwise interfere with the ongoing teaching by creating background noise, thus degrading the quality of the shared audio content and the overall teaching process. However, this led to a serious demotivation of students because nothing forced them to focus on shared content of study materials. Therefore, it was necessary for educators to emphasize the motivation, not only external but also internal. The effort to communicate, albeit on a limited basis, had to be made by the educator, for example by invoking individual students during the lesson. However, this made the students even more demotivated. On the contrary, some students were pleased with the interest from the educator. Based on the above, it is possible to observe that various groups of students were formed, on which the educator had to focus his attention. This has led to the necessary study and the search for new ways to engage these groups of students.
The Paper is being solved in the form of a case study. At the beginning, theoretical materials related to the remote learning form of education are processed. Subsequently, the goal and methodology of the Paper are processed and the basic problem associated with maintaining the student's attention during the distance form of education is defined. Subsequently, a solution to this problem is elaborated on the basis of a model situation, where the educator tries to implement several styles to engage these groups of students in principle on the basis of experiment. In the end, the personal experience with the given style and other recommendations are evaluated.
Keywords: Students, online teaching, Covid-19 pandemic, learning.