ONLINE LEARNING THROUGH ZOOM
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR MADRASAH TEACHERS
Tayyibun will carry on using Zoom as the platform to continue our Madrasah lessons.
The format of these online Madrasah lessons is to be as follows:
|WEEKEND (Saturday/Sunday classes)|
|Quran:||10.45am to 12.15pm|
|Lunch break||12.15am to 12.45pm|
|Arabic||12.45pm to 1.30pm|
|Islamic Studies||1.30pm to 2.15pm|
|Wrap up & final queries||2.15pm to 2.45pm|
With any learning platform or environment, it is important to adhere to some basic rules, advice and guidelines that will help make both the learning and teaching experiences for the students and the Teachers as simple and as beneficial as possible. We have put together some basic guidelines information below that all Teachers should follow.
YOUR ZOOM CLASS:
- Only YOU should be a participant in the lesson. You must not share any log in or password information relating your Madrasah Zoom lessons with any other person, including other Madrasah staff;
- We have advised all students that recording of any kind, video or audio, of any part of the lessons, is not allowed. This means no recording using an external device or taking of screenshots is permitted. This is part of Tayyibun policy;
- We have advised parents through Parent Guidelines that male parents should not enter lessons being taught by female Teachers and to respect the fact that some of the Teachers may continue to wear their niqaabs during the online sessions;
- Teachers must have their video function switched on during lesson times so that children can see their teacher, but may leave their niqaabs on whilst teaching online;
- Ensure you’ve had enough practice using Zoom and that you are familiar with it before your first lesson. A good idea would be to practice using it with family members or friends and to try out using all the different features to become confident with it before teaching for the first time. You may find the Zoom online tutorials below useful in learning about this online learning/teaching platform;
- Ensure you your pc/laptop/phone is properly set up for its use. Using headphones can help make you better heard by your students;
- Think about minimising surrounding noise and ensure there is enough lighting;
- Make sure you have a good internet connection. This is very important as a weak internet connection may completely ruin your lesson. Consider closing any irrelevant running applications which might significantly consume your internet bandwidth;
- Communicate/speak clearly so the students can hear what you are saying. Do feel free to ask your students to repeat anything you haven’t been able to hear well;
- Keep any Word documents or PowerPoint slides you wish to use simple. Use fonts that are easy to read and of a good size;
- Ensure your students are all comfortable and ready before your first lesson;
- Do welcome your students at the beginning of your sessions and thank them for their attendance at the end;
- Make it clear at the beginning how you expect your students to communicate with you and others and enforce the rules throughout your lesson (e.g., when to chat, raise hand or speak and how to do it);
- You can restrict what participants can do (e.g., the ability to use annotation tools, share audio/video or post a chat or message by enabling the restrictions options;
- Do ensure you take the register every lesson and upload this every week
- You may be happy to know that for the next few weeks, all Teachers in Islamic Studies will be given new material about Ramadhan to teach their students;
- Do contact IT support if you are having any technical difficulties or need any IT related help.
- Sharing your username and login data with anyone else. Don’t authorise use of your account by any person, not even another Madrasah Teacher;
- Promoting or advertising any products or services through this platform;
- Using the service to generate or send unsolicited communications, messages, advertising, etc;
- Recording in any way (audio or video) any part of the lessons;
- Allowing any student into the Zoom class whose name is not in your class register or who you do not recognise;
- Asking any student or their parent for their personal details, such as email address/phone number/social media details, etc., without first obtaining permission to do so from Tayyibun Management;
- Discussing with parents on Madrasah day issues surrounding their children or their learning. We can arrange a meeting between parents and Teachers separately and this should be done through the Head of Education and Development;
- Creating or otherwise being involved in any WhatsApp or other social media ‘group’ created for or by students in order to facilitate progress with lessons without first obtaining permission from Tayyibun Management;
- Becoming too upset if things are difficult in your first lesson. It will take students and Teachers a little time to get used to things. Encourage your students to remain positive and feel free to discuss with them how we should view this Coronavirus situation as Muslims.
We hope to resume normal lessons at the earliest opportunity when it is safe to do so and hope this platform, in the meantime, allows a continuity of learning that means your students don’t miss out any further learning.