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BEHIND THE SCENES: OUR TEAM ON ONLINE TEACHING

Last week, we moved all of our courses to an online format, using Zoom. This has presented our teachers with quite some challenges.

Over the weekend, our teachers Simone, Tamara, Nicolas and Daniela took some time to review their impressions and would like to share them with you. This is  how our team experienced the first of week of the online challenge:
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Simone: "I love my old MacBook. Students usually mumble in disbelief when I tell them that it's 13 years old! Definitely too old for Zoom. So after a year of recklessly denying the need for a new MacBook, I bought a new one. That's the first big positive change.
Working with Zoom also challenges my management skills - there's only one screen, but many documents to handle at the same time, drag and drop, scroll and look, talk and monitor. This can be a lot of fun, once figured out. Not so much in the first session, though. It felt like riding a Harley without a driving license, but thanks to our great students, who are the best co-drivers, we happily reached Gotham City - stunned.
Fun Fact: There was a situation when I thought I'd be waiting in the meeting room, right before the students were to come back from the break-out-sessions, when I realized: Gosh, I am the only one in break-out session #3 - I silently left, told my students about it and we were having a good laugh. 2020 here we come!"
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Nicolas: "I have never taught online classes before! To my surprise, Zoom was very easy to set up and the program gives you many tools to offer a diversity of different activities to integrate into your online lessons. Though I prefer sitting with the students in the same room, the audio and video quality is very good and I can share additional material from the internet much faster through screen sharing (e.g. videos, images, audio files). I see myself exloring more of my creativity with this technology. Let's make the most of it!"
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Tamara: "To be honest, I was a little bit sceptical at first. The friendly atmosphere at Transmitter and our interactive teaching approach, to name just a few qualities — how could we possibly get that across online? Although it's not exactly the same and no substitute for the real-life experience: it‘s definitely fun teaching in the virtual class room!"
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Daniela: "In these special times, not only our students are learners but also us teachers. We get the opportunity to explore the world of online teaching and to acquire new competences. It might not work right away, but with time, it becomes easier. As a teacher, you get the chance to use new features besides the whiteboard, such as the split screen, online games, apps and private classrooms, which are sometimes missing in offline classrooms. Especially in education, it is important to move with the times and embrace online learning to understand more about our own learning process. "Dusty books and outdated pictures? Bye!" It's especially cool as a teacher to surprise learners with a virtual tool, a new task - and it's definitely great to try out new things and see how they work.
Anyway, I'm happy to have met my group in person before starting with the online lessons because I feel like you get to know each other better and can develop a closeness as a community.
I'm absolutely thrilled by how focused my students are and thankful for forgiving me for technical mistakes ("oops, I closed the whole meeting instead of just the break-out-sessions? Sorry! I'll try again!") Thanks not only to my patient students but also to the Transmitter team, who spent days dealing with the technical details and who is available for questions and inspiration."

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A big heartfelt THANK YOU to all teachers of Transmitter for making the change happen so fast!

Read more on how we work with Zoom here.