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How direct can you be with your online students, especially from a virtual space? What is the best way to get your students to stay focused in your online classes? Is there a correct strategy for online students to learn course material?
Epository instruction, aka a direct teaching strategy, is a style of instruction that may be right for your students, and your course.
Yes, it’s direct instruction, but it’s beyond giving students the facts. According to this article by Dr. V.K. Maheshwari, expository instruction involves presenting clear and concise information in a purposeful way that allows students to easily make connections from one concept to the next. Overall, this instruction basically asks this question: Do students learn new concepts and ideas better if all of the information they need to know is laid out before them?
At the very least, this strategy is more efficient for students (well, versus discovery learning). For example, it eliminates confusion, and distraction that may come from when students are discovering information, and determining which information is more important.
In conclusion, incorporating expository teaching strategies is appropriate for online classes, especially, when cooperative learning is limited or isn’t available, and a teacher needs to maintain students interests and attention. Do you incorporate expository teaching or direct teaching in your classes?