Have you noticed how much more effort we now need to put into giving instructions? It can be because of low bandwidth, or because of the whole unfamiliarity of the medium, or simply because everyone is a bit tired and frazzled – but it seems that there’s never going to be a better time for this link: “Teaching Online: Giving Instructions in an Online Class” at Eltcampus. It’s a description of one of their workshop, done in a lively and practical way, with a lot of best practice examples. So, what do we do? Use the chat, use reformulation, have the students photograph instructions, use L1 (they have an interesting rationale for that). For more ideas, check out the original post.
By the way, it’s always good to remind ourselves of the basic rules of giving instructions in any medium.