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Since the start of the spring semester, students have taken online classes for two weeks. Although it is not possible to communicate face-to-face in the classroom as usual, students are still able to conduct live academic discussions in virtual meeting rooms. Recent surveys have shown that Telfort students are enthusiastic about online learning. So, what are the experiences and feelings of our foreign teachers who accidentally become "anchors"?
Online learning has become very common these days and it is very fortunate that Telfort already had these courses ready to go. I believe that many, if not all of our students are very comfortable with technology and so it gives them a chance to use their knowledge to increase their learning. Self-pace allows for growth of self-discipline and these are qualities difficult to teach in the classroom. I personally have enjoyed putting together PPT’s that enhance the “textbooks” that the students are using online. This is also something we don’t usually do in the classroom. So, during this difficult time, we are not only keeping the school open, we are enhancing our students’ learning experience.
Online learning has been a fantastic opportunity to connect with our students during this time. I’ve enjoyed the work of trying to make online presentations that are both interesting and helpful for our students. I believe that online learning is a great opportunity for our students to practice self motivation and utilize their language skills in a different setting. Looking forward to being together again, but until then I am thankful that we’ve not slowed down our pursuit of learning.
Online teaching allowed me to go beyond my role as a teacher and conveyor of information to a more rewarding one as mentor and facilitator. The result has given a much more student-centered educational experience, where I act more as a valuable guide on their journey and less as the disseminator of knowledge.
Promoting a collaborative environment, we apply new teaching methodologies that combine a new classroom approach through interactive assignments, including videoconferences, email and messaging supported by our TOK Online Program, taking full advantage of available technology nowadays.
The online courses provide students with multiple opportunities to think critically, collaboratively, and in a creative way, and most importantly, allow us to reach more students, including those whose schedules and/or distances may not allow them to personally attend some of our programs.
I hope we can continue working with this new methodology to facilitate the students in the development of their daily classes on our campus and self-study at home.
At Telfort Institute, we have had to adapt to these current changes in society. This has led us to switch to online teaching. I am glad to say that my current class, Dynamic Business Environments, has gone very well. It was tough at first, from understanding how the platforms worked, to ensuring interactivity from students and making sure that the connection was adequate to ensure educative and immersive online experiences.
However, all in all, we have learned together and are now able to share and educate our students in a more seamless way. It is vital that we as educators create an online classroom community. I have been using new platforms to engage with my students throughout. Furthermore, as an educator- this shift into virtual education has allowed me to grow as a lecturer, adjusting at times, but I continue to provide the same quality of education as I would in my offline classroom. Authenticity is important. In these times, we need to be working together as educators to continue to serve as reliable cornerstones for our students. Overall, flexibility, authenticity and interactivity are key. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or for the tech to fail. Together, one can grow and share learnings. We need to ensure to provide a stellar experience regardless of how they access us.
The concept of a FLIP classroom is certainly not unheard of. This form of teaching is widely used to promote convenience in one hand and independence on the other. This practice should be familiarised by students and teachers equally, given the advent of technologies in the education sector. By exposing our students to this style, they will be able to adapt quicker in Western countries. To my knowledge, we have recieved amazing feedback from our students and we shall continue to serve them to the best of our abilities.
Online teaching is becoming an increasingly common practice nowadays. It gives many opportunities not only to students to feel themselves comfortable during the learning process, but also to teachers who are able to use technology as their advantage and powerful tool for the best result of students’ progress. In current situation, it is very important to find the way how to continue our (teachers’) activities in order to help our students to reach their objectives and goals. All technological facilities that we are using in everyday life are giving us such chance. That is why, I would say, the opportunity and advantage of having TOK English is helping us to make the teaching-learning process much more interesting, informative, creative and collaborative. With the help of technological equipment, I, as a teacher, have the opportunity to use and implement my teaching experience relying on TOK English platform, which makes the class unique. To sum up, I would say that online teaching gives us the chance to change the general concept and role of a teacher who simply delivers the information, and become an advisor, instructor and facilitator who will be able to help students on every stage of their learning progress.
Teaching our students online has been an eye-opening experience. Not only to how lucky we are to be able to utilize modern technology to complete important tasks, but also how we as humans can work together to solve complex problems in a sometimes chaotic world. Only through cooperation between staff, teachers and students would this be able to work. I think that at Telfort we have succeeded in switching our classroom activity to online teaching. I just want to give a special thanks to the students of 201803 for their patience and attendance. Please continue to join our online courses and stay motivated until things return to normal!
Even despite long distances and exceptional circumstances, I’m very excited by the capabilities presented by online teaching. It can bridge very far divides and reminds us all that no matter what is happening in the world, knowledge must continue to be shared. My experience of teaching students online has been fantastic so far; as two-way communication is necessary, I get one on one face time with each pupil that is nearly as effective as teaching and learning in a classroom setting.
This program has opened new doors for me in teaching. At first, I was skeptical of online classes, but now I consider them equal or even superior. Online classes offer activities that wouldn’t be possible in the classroom, and bring together students who otherwise wouldn’t interact. They promote independent learning, which is an important skill for students to master for the job market. I encourage students to take online classes because they are a rewarding academic experience.
Yuanhao Tian (Frank)：我觉得在线学习的最大感受是比较自由，没有拘束感。这让我有机会自主安排好学习和生活的节奏，按照我喜欢的方式去完成学习任务。但是另外一方面，在线学习对学生学习的自律性也是个考验。我想，学校为了保障我们的正常学习做了很多工作，所以更应该珍惜机会，加倍努力。感谢韬客学院，也很感谢现代科技，即使发生了肺炎疫情，我们在家还是可以一样每天学习和进步。
My greatest impression about online learning is that it makes me feel free and unconstrained. It gives me the opportunity to arrange the pace of study and life on my own and complete the learning tasks in the way I like. But on the other hand, online learning is also a test of student self-discipline. Our school has done a lot of work to provide us with this study opportunity, so we should cherish it and make every effort to complete every learning task. Thanks to TOKCollege, and also to modern technology, so that we can still learn and improve at home every day even in this special epidemic period.
Leqi Yu (Cece)：线上课程虽然不同于在教室中学习，少了之前课室中学习的气氛。但老师讲解的内容还是能很好接收，不仅可以提升学习效率，也可以培养我们的自觉性。与此同时，也希望疫情可以早日消退，让大家重返校园，回归课堂！
Although online learning has less learning atmosphere than classroom learning, the content of the textbook explained by the teacher is still well received. Online learning not only improved my learning efficiency, but also cultivated my consciousness of learning. But I also very much hope that the epidemic will end soon and we can return back to our regular school life.
Xuan Liu (Keiko)：第一次用这种形式上课，感觉很有意思。同时提高了我的学习效率，有疑问就隔着屏幕问老师，老师会随时解答，这段时间真是积累了很多知识。
This is the first time I have studied online and I feel very interesting. When I encountered difficulties in learning, I turned to the teacher for help online. During this time I improved my learning efficiency and accumulated a lot of knowledge.
Jiayin Li (Nougat)：通过网络开始新学期的学习，网课不仅给我们提供了便捷的上课方式，也提高了我们的自觉性。上课时，老师讲得很细致，上课的内容及知识点也得到了很好的消化，布置的课后作业我们也会及时做完并上交。
New semester began with online learning. Online learning not only provides us with a convenient way to learn, but also improves our learning consciousness. During the class, the teacher explained very carefully, so that we can understand the content taught and all knowledge points in time. We also complete and submit our homework in time.
Shiwen Yao (Selina)：今年因为疫情，上课的形式变得尤为特别，在家里学习，要求我们更自律，遵守学校的规定，按时上课，积极与老师互动，在课后老师也会及时答疑，与平常的大班化不同的是，在线上上课更像是一对一教学，这会让我们更投入。
Due to the epidemic this year, we switched to online learning, which is very special to me. Studying at home requires us to be more disciplined. I follow the school rules, attend classes on time, and actively interact with teachers. The teachers also arrange time to answer our questions after class. Unlike the usual large class teaching, online teaching is more like one-on-one teaching, which will make us more engaged.
Chufan Yan (Jay)：这是我第一次以网课的形式进行学习，对我来说是非常新颖有趣的形式。这次因为疫情的关系，上网课实属无奈，但是由此让更多的人接触了解这种形式也算是因祸得福。由我看来，本该因为疫情在家百无聊赖的我，因为网课，我干瘪的生活开始充实丰富了起来。每天就算是在家也可以和老师互动交流，摄取新的知识，以周为单位加以总结，也从根本上解决了此次因为疫情而无法上课的问题。所以我觉得网课是一种非常好的形式。
This is the first time I have studied in the way of online learning, and it is very novel and interesting for me. Because of the epidemic situation, we have to take online course. But on the other hand, it is also an opportunity for more people to get to know this learning way. From my point of view, I should have been bored at home because of the epidemic, but my dry life began to be enriched incredibly owing to online courses. Even at home I interact with teachers and gain new knowledge everyday. Online teaching fundamentally solves the problem that students cannot attend classes due to the epidemic situation.So currently I think E-learning is a very good way of learning.
Yuhong Li (Valentina):：因为疫情的特殊原因，学校组织了我们线上学习，合理的课程安排，让我们完全没有落下要学习的内容。除此之外，老师的讲解很细致，循循善诱，所以上课的内容以及知识点也能很快消化，这也逐渐培养了我们自主学习的好习惯。同时，线上教学也让我们感受到了如今网络时代为我们带来的便利。最后，希望疫情能够尽快受到控制，我们早日重回课堂。
Due to the special epidemic situation, the school arranged us to study online. Reasonable curriculum arrangement has made us not slow down the learning progress just like classroom learning. In addition, the teacher's explanations are very detailed and well-informed, so the content and knowledge of the class can be quickly digested, which gradually cultivates our good habits of autonomous learning.Online learning also allows us to feel the convenience brought by modern technology. Finally, I hope that the epidemic will be brought under control as soon as possible so as to allow us to come back to normal school life.
Yanting Zhu (Flora)：直播教学对我们很多人来说都是一种全新的学习方式，它很大程度上帮助我们提高了自主学习的能力，并使冗长的假期时间更充分地被利用起来。期待春暖花开时，一切阴霾烟消云散，我们可以正常回归校园，温暖前行。
Online learning is a brand new way of learning for many of us. It has greatly helped us improve our ability to learn independently and make full use of our long vacation. I’m looking forward to returning to campus when the spring flowers bloom and all the haze will dissipate.
Yuxuan Hua (Carrie)：正值疫情期间，能在家里以这种形式进行学习，使我的自律性自觉性得到了明显的提高，网上教学虽然不能与老师直面的进行交流，但各位老师隔着屏幕的讲解依然细致具体，娓娓道来。疫情可以阻碍我们出行，却不能阻挡我们对知识探索。
During the epidemic period, being able to learn online at home has significantly improved my self-discipline and consciousness. Although we could not communicate face-to-face with the teachers, they were able to give us vivid examples and detailed explanation of the learning content across the screen. The epidemic situation might block us from going out, but could not deprive us of our passion for knowledge.
Shiyi Ding (Amber)：在特殊时期学校开始了网上上课，这更加考验了同学的自觉性。其实网课十分方便和快捷，也可以无限回放，没听懂的地方可以反复观看，查漏补缺。老师也会及时和同学互动给同学解答疑惑。
During this special period our school has adopted online teaching, which requires a lot for students' consciousness. In fact, online learning is very convenient, because instructional videos can be watched repeatedly, so you don't have to worry about missing important content. The teachers also have full interaction and communication with students to help them solve difficult problems in a timely manner.
Hanyu Xu (Tiffany)：网课对我来说是一种从来没有接触过的形式，所有东西都是新颖的。从一开始不会调电脑设备，疑惑为什么自己说话老师听不见到现在的得心应手，使得我在线学习也高效率高收获了。
I have never been in an online class and everything is new to me. At the beginning, I couldn’t debug my computer and required equipment, annoyed by why the teacher couldn’t hear my voice, but now everything is going well. I have improved the efficiency and gains a lot from online learning.
Ziyang Zang (Leonardo)：在疫情期间，开展网络课程，停课不停学，是对同学与教师都非常负责的举措。网课对同学们提出了较高的对主观能动性和自律性的要求，但是同学们依然能坚持课前按照教学大纲预习，按时上课，课后认真复习并完成习题。学习效率和知识获取量不比在教室学习低，在这个特殊时期我们更要抓住机会认真学习为出国留学做好准备。
The school offered online lectures during the epidemic period, reflecting a high sense of responsibility. E-learning has higher requirements for students' initiative and self-discipline. However, we have completed the tasks of preview and review very well, attending live lectures on time to achieve the same learning effect as in the classroom. I think in this special period, we should study very hard so as to prepare for studying abroad.
Qianqian Li (Daisy)：在家上网课这段时间我觉得网课特别节省时间，比起以前我要坐地铁去学校，来回路上浪费了两个小时，现在这个时间就可以直接学习，而且老师讲完可以立马做练习，效率高了很多，同学之间网络交流依然很有学习气氛。
It usually takes about 2 hours for me to go to school. But now, as we’re study online at home, it’s more convenient for me and saves a lot of time. I have spent more time on learning and doing homework, thus my learning efficiency has been improved. And I think we could still be in a good academic atmosphere when engaged in online learning.