As educators around the globe swiftly moved to online teaching in the spring, Aaron Johnson, associate dean of Education Technology at Denver Seminary, was coordinating the course transitions from in-person to online at the Seminary, while putting the final editorial touches on his book Online Teaching with Zoom: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Videoconferencing Platforms.
This newly published guide, available on Amazon, provides tips for teachers, presenters, and trainers who instruct in a variety of settings from elementary school through postsecondary institutions, as they navigate the new normal of remote instruction with videoconferencing technologies.
“Teaching with technology requires a thoughtful approach, because the tools we use shape our communication,” said Johnson. “The challenge right now is that few of us have time to ponder such things. My goal with Online Teaching with Zoom is to save teachers hours by providing practical guidance that’s been tested in the classroom and is informed by how media affects learning.”
Online Teaching with Zoom moves from the basics of teaching virtually and explores the next level of instruction, including:
- The learner’s perspective on what works and doesn’t work in the videoconferenced classroom;
- Protocols and etiquette for classroom management; and
- Best practices for leading learning communities in meaningful discourse.
According to Sandra Daisley, lead faculty for research in nursing at West Coast University, “Online Teaching with Zoom provides great ideas that can translate students’ sense of isolation into a sense of belonging and community in the virtual learning environment.”
Johnson also assists his readers as they move ahead with live video teaching by sharing over 50 diverse learning activities and lesson templates.
“I wrote the book as an onramp and an interstate, for both novice and veteran online teachers,” said Johnson. “As one of my colleagues put it, ‘I need a resource to help me both now and later. For now, I need help getting started. Later, I want to go back and learn how to improve my teaching.’ The book is designed to do just that.”
Johnson has been with Denver Seminary since 2008. In that time he has led the development of online programs, online faculty development, and creating support systems for online learning.
For more information, contact Andrea Weyand, senior director of communications, at 720.492.0240, or Andrea.Weyand@denverseminary.edu.
About Denver Seminary – Denver Seminary is a non-denominational graduate school of theology located in Littleton, Colo. The Seminary’s mission is to prepare men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Denver Seminary offers both residential and fully online degree programs.
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