Teacher: lower the threshold when training colleagues
Welcome to part two of our five-part blog series ‘itslearning in practice’. This post deals with training your colleagues to use itslearning. German teacher Ulrike Behlau uses itslearning activity in her teaching and she also helps her colleagues get over the hurdles to using the platform. Her advice to new users: “Start small and slow”.
Ulrike: "itslearning is easy to understand. It is really very intuitive. This is what helps teachers get started with it."
Teacher Ulrike Behlau fell into her role of helping her colleagues to use itslearning quite naturally.
Not only has she always tried to use technology in her teaching, but she had experience using a learning management system (LMS) from her previous teaching position at a university.
"It was a great thing to have at the university," says Ulrike, who teaches English and Religious Studies at Frauenlob-Gymnasium secondary school in Mainz, Germany. "So I was the first to ask for a platform at our school. When we got itslearning, I was one of the first teachers to test it out."
In addition to incorporating itslearning into her teaching, Ulrike started training colleagues in how to use the platform. She says itslearning is very intuitive, but some colleagues were hesitant to embrace the technology at first. "Sometimes something so simple as them forgetting their password is enough for them not to use it. They are too busy to ask for a new password or they do not want to bother anyone to help them."
When training her colleagues, Ulrike says it is important to lower the threshold. "Start slow and small," she explains. "Use one or two features and find out how they work. I tell them that I do not use itslearning in all my classes; it´s when I find it helpful that I use it.
"itslearning is easy to understand. It is really very intuitive. This is what helps teachers get started with it," she says.
What kind of challenges do you face when helping your colleagues use itslearning? How do you overcome these challenges?
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Posted on Wed, May 29, 2013
by Mark Macdonald