Introduction to online teaching essentials

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To introduce basic good practices for classroom (or seminar, workshop, talk) management using Zoom or a similar online meeting platform. Every detail of the workshop, from the demonstration of interest and pre-registration form to the feedback request at the end of the workshop, including its execution using Zoom, is a demonstration of the strategies that can be adopted or adapted to any synchronous teaching.

During this online workshop:

  • We will demonstrate how to contact and prepare students to join a synchronous class

  • We will demonstrate how to manage an up-to-20-person synchronous virtual classroom using Zoom

  • We will see examples of how to create a positive environment for our audience

  • We will have an introduction to the pedagogical concepts of:

    • Designing classes keeping the audience that will be receiving the material in mind (learning personas)
    • Outlining a course content using concept maps
    • Formative evaluation with diagnostic power approximately every 15 minutes to know if your students are following the class and correct them on the fly when you detect that something is not clear to most of them
    • Participation in a joint collaborative document to take notes or solve formative assessments
    • Other bite-sized, evidence-based, and easy-to-implement pedagogical tools
    • Asking your audience for feedback after each class and the importance of including both positive and negative feedback
  • We will present key sources, in increasing order of complexity, from which we will continue to learn pedagogical practices

  • We will present MetaDocencia and how to join our educational community

Intended public of this course

There are no specific requirements for this course other than speaking Spanish.

When we designed this workshop, we had in mind Maria and Juan as our learner personas.

  • Maria has been a University teacher for more than 30 years. Given her experience, she is very required for talks and seminars. She is very confident using email and WhatsApp.

  • Juan splits his teaching time between delivering workshops for companies and classes at High-school. He has a lot of experience in technology tools, he teaches from Home. He takes care of his 2-yo and 4-yo daughters.

Check out personas to read more about them.

Not included in this workshop

Since we only have 3 hours, a lot of things will be out of reach of the workshop. Among other things, we will not learn:

  • In-depth strategies for teaching online
  • Theory of pedagogy or educational sciences
  • Specific techniques for teaching content from different fields of knowledge
  • Specific techniques for handling classes of more than 30 people

How to participate

If you hadn’t done it before, please fill on this registration form in Spanish (if you have already done so, you do not need to complete it again). As soon as we open slots we will send you an invitation email so you can choose the day and time that suits you best.

The workshop is free. Those invited to the workshop agree to abide by our code of conduct.


This is a 3-hour workshop with intervals (ideally away from any screen) of approximately 5 minutes for every 50 minutes of content.

Sample schedule

This schedule assumes the start of the course is 9 am, but this will vary according to the time slot we will mention in the invitation message.

Time Activity
8:50 - 9:00 Time to connect and make sure your audio and video connection is good (if you don’t have a camera it doesn’t matter, but if you do, it helps)
9:00 - 9:05 Establishing ground rules to minimize frustration during teleconference
9:05 - 9:15 Introduction
9:15 - 9:20 Exercise: imagine and share a learning persona who will be in your class
9:20 - 9:30 Course concept map
9:35 - 9:50 Exercise: create a concept map
9:50 - 9:55 Break away from the screen
9:55 - 10:05 Helpful tips for virtualizing your class on short notice
10:05 - 10:10 Exercise: think about how to apply the virtualization tips to your class
10:15 - 10:30 Useful tips for managing a class via teleconference
10:30 - 10:35 Exercise: what did we use so far of all the above?
10:35 - 10:45 Tips for making classes more accessible
10:45 - 10:50 Break away from the screen
10:50 - 11:05 Tips to keep your audience motivated
11:05 - 11:20 Breakout room exercise in smaller groups to discuss motivation strategies in your context
11:25 - 11:40 How to join the MetaDocencia community with a demonstration tour of Slack
11:40 - 11:45 How to give good feedback
11:45 - 11:50 Tell us what you thought of the course
11:50 - 12:00 Closing

Course materials (in Spanish)

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