One of the main criticisms of many online courses is they can lack “the human touch”
They can just feel impersonal, the information is presented in a dry, academic way and there is no real attempt to make the lessons interactive. I’ve taken a few of these courses and I just felt that I’d wasted my money and that I could have got the same information just by reading a book.
Online courses need to be interactive
Lessons need to be delivered in a personal way. While the teacher/trainer can’t be physically present in the classroom, recent advances in technology have enabled teachers to communicate across space and time by recording their classes in the form of videos, podcasts (recorded radio shows that can be downloaded onto listening devices) and slideshares,
I’ve been working as an English teacher for over 15 years and in teacher training since 2008
I love interacting with my trainees and students – there is nothing quite like face to face training. To watch people blossom from nervous, stumbling and bumbling wrecks in the classroom to confident, engaging educators in less than 30 days feels me with intense pride and satisfaction.
However, not everybody has the time, money or freedom to enrol on a full-time training course
Indeed, not all trainee teachers are suited to these intensive TEFL courses – boot camps – in which the workload can be relentless.
An intensive month-long TEFL course doesn’t allow much time for reflection
We trainers underline the importance of reflective practice – retrospectively evaluating your classroom strategies – as a means of improving performance. On a 4-week TEFL course, many trainees don’t have time to catch breath. Many end up passing the course but I wonder how much of what they have learned is actually retained.
Doing an online course allows you time to reflect, it allows deep learning to occur