Bible classes or Sunday School classes are classes conducted by churches for children and teenagers to provide christian religious education. If you’ve already been conducting the mentioned type of classes and now plan to move offline then this thread will be helpful. This answer is split into three parts;
*** What are some of the problems that you might encounter when moving from offline to online Bible classes?**
*** What can be the solutions to these problems?**
*** How can we execute a solution-based program?**
What are the problems that you might encounter?
- Holding onto each participant’s attention can be tough
- Giving and receiving feedback on a one-on-one basis can be tough
- Tracking each participant’s progress can be a delayed process
What are the solutions?
- To incorporate visual aids that will resonate with the participants
- Use whiteboard and short video clips to demonstrate concepts
- Schedule and assign time slots to engage with students, gather feedback and track progress.
- Regular intervals should be committed to engaging with students and clarifying any doubts
How can we execute a solution-based program and move classes online?
Decide on a tool that can execute your plan in the best way possible. We would like to recommend Zoom to conduct classes online. Zoom is a video-conferencing app that lets you hold meetings, webinars, etc, for smaller and larger groups. Their basic plan can accommodate 40- minutes of a meeting for 100 participants. The app allows you to schedule, join or host a meeting.
Here are some of the reasons why you should incorporate Zoom for online Bible classes;
- One of Zoom’s key features is screen sharing. Apart from screen sharing, the app also enables sharing a whiteboard to explain any complex concepts.
- There is also an option to chat with the participants on Zoom. The host and participants can both fill in any feedback or queries they have in the chat box. A message can be sent to everyone or to particular participants. This feature can be used to clarify the doubts of the students at the earliest. In a physical classroom, a student can raise his/her hand to ask a doubt. This may not be possible in an online class, but, you can make a difference by allocating every 10-15 minutes of the session to attend to queries.
- As an educator/host, you can mute the participants, while you’re explaining to avoid any distractions.
- A zoom meeting can also be recorded to be published on various platforms later. You can click here to know how to record a meeting on Zoom.
You can check out this video by Flipped Classroom Tutorials to know more about using Zoom for online learning experiences.
If you’re up for publishing the Zoom video later, we recommend you give Typito a try. We would suggest that you edit and present a succinct version of the video without unwanted interruptions and pauses You can add intro and outro graphics along with captions on Typito.
Assuming that you’re moving online recently, we recommend you create a course calendar that defines the topics and duration for each. Ensure that all the participants are provided with resource materials before-hand. These can be distributed via email, Facebook Messenger or even WhatsApp groups. In the case of kids, parents can be members of WhatsApp groups to connect with.
Before a session, the educator can create announcement posters on Canva
or any other graphic design platform/app. These posters will function as reminder of the session to be held with all details like the time, topic of discussion, etc. These can be send across via email or WhatsApp groups.
Hope this helps!