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Learning in times of COVID-19: online didactical training for PPS, Indonesia
16 July 2020
The current unprecedented situation related to COVID-19 is affecting learning all around the world. Schools have increasingly shifted to online education, and teachers are the vanguard who needs to give shape to these ways of learning. This is also the case in Politeknik Pelayaran Surabaya (PPS) in Indonesia, offering TVET education in the maritime sector.
A didactical skills training offered by CINOP was planned for teaching staff of PPS long before COVID-19 stirred up the world. As a didactical face-to-face workshop was no longer a possibility, we developed an online training that allowed everyone to remain in the safety of their living rooms while at the same time being highly connected to trainers and fellow participants.
Why should our projects continue during the COVID-19 crisis?
Teachers already have so much work to do during these difficult times, why fill their calendar with an online training? Worldwide, the crisis has forced students out of school, colleges and universities in staggering numbers. Educational institutes and teachers who have never needed to provide online education are now forced to do so. What we often see -also in PPS- is that the responsibility for shifting towards online education lies with the teachers themselves. They are responsible to find their own way around the numerous possibilities of online teaching and internalize the right tools to use. The didactical skills training was designed in such a way that teachers could not only experience the possibilities themselves (working in groups, using different tools, enjoying online energizers, making assignments etc.) but also design their own online classes with the help of these learnings.
Next to this, even though the shift towards online learning in TVET should be seen first and foremost as an emergency response during COVID-19, it does provide teaching staff with new (online and digital) skills that are also convenient during face-to-face classes. These skills do not go to waste and are of the utmost importance in this era of universal access to digital tools.
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The teaching staff of PPS appreciated our online discussions greatly. Yes, it is quite a challenge to facilitate online discussions when participants are requested to mute their microphone when not speaking. The barrier to speak in front of the group appears to be higher in online than in face-to-face sessions. In order to mitigate this challenge, we eagerly made use of the chat function offered by MicroSoft Teams. For some participants, speaking (especially in English) was a barrier, but writing was not.
Offer various work forms
Whenever we offer a didactical training in a face-to-face manner, we make sure that we practise what we preach and offer numerous work forms and methods that make participants active in their learning process. Even though you are a bit more restrictive in the various work forms online, there are a lot of fun methods that you can use. Participants worked on group assignments (in separate MS Teams groups), they made online storyboards, gave feedback via online post-its, created their own short movies and quizzes. As facilitators, we learned that we needed to calculate sufficient time for these exercises, as it takes about 2 times longer than in face-to-face trainings.
Lift the spirits through energizers
Online energizers are a great way to re-start the online training sessions after a short coffee break. In general, we noticed that it is more difficult to focus and concentrate in an online training than in a face-to-face training. Energizers are therefore a very welcome and fun method to regain attention. The participants battled against each other in a Kahoot quiz and in a Music Quiz, they travelled around the world and guessed their location through Geoguessr, and solved mysteries by making use of pictures.
We are happy with the result of this online didactical training and continue to develop our online workshops. Are you interested to learn more? Please contact us at email@example.com