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Describes best practices for synchronous online instruction using CCC Confer (Elluminate) in higher education.

Describes best practices for synchronous online instruction using CCC Confer (Elluminate) in higher education.

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  • The Virtual Classroom: Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
    Blaine Morrow
    FACC T&L
    Fall, 2010
  • Real-time Access to Peers, Instructors, Experts
    Tools for Hands-on Application or Reaction
    Guided Connections to Primary Resources
    Prompt Feedback
    Time on Task
    Inclusion of Diverse Learning Approaches/Styles
    Spontaneous Epiphanies
    Why Synchronous?
  • Using the Audio Tool
    Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
  • Use a Headset
  • Value Silence
  • The Most Important Content Delivery Method Available
    Increases Social Presence
    Accommodates Diverse Learning Styles
    Reasons for Using Audio
  • Explain Visuals with Narration Alone
    Don’t Let Students Put Phones on Hold
    Have Students Raise Their Hands to Speak
    Tips for Using Audio
  • Audio Responses are Transient
    Use Audio Along with Other Options for Communication
    Many Students are Self-Conscious About Audio
    Audio Caveats
  • Using the Web Cam
    Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
  • Use the Web Cam to Feel Connected
  • Don’t Use the Web Cam Throughout
  • Demonstrate with the Web Cam
  • Focus on Eye Contact: Look at the Camera
    Every Moment on Camera Matters (especially the first ones)
    Position the Camera so You Can Also See the Screen
    Authentic Surroundings, Good Lighting & Props
    Don’t Forget You’re On Camera
    Tips for Using the Web Cam
  • Technical Requirements, Bandwidth
    Video Can Distract Cognitive Resources
    Students Do Not Necessarily Learn More Deeply Because They Can See You
    Web Cam Caveats
  • Using the Chat Tool
    Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
  • Those Who Don’t Talk Will Chat
  • Seed the Chat Room
  • Monitor Chat Comments
  • Engage Students with Chat
  • 1 2 3: Put it in Your Chat Box!
  • Chat is Best When You Want All Students to Respond
    “Shy” Students Are More Likely to Interact via Chat
    Non-Threatening Way for Students to Ask Questions
    Good Brainstorming Tool
    Also good for Student-Student Interaction
    Always Keep an Eye on the Chat Area
    Tips for Using Chat
  • Limited Screen Real Estate
    Use Crowd Control for Large Classes
    Spontaneity Does Not Create Clear Prose
    Set Ground Rules
    Chat Caveats
  • Using Archives
    Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
  • Watch Your Own Archives
  • Use Archives to Extend Class Time
  • Make Your Archives Useful
  • Use a Secret Word
  • Use it as an Option to Attending a Live Class and as a Chance to Review for Better Understanding
    Great Tool for Improving Your Skills
    Inexpensive (free) Lecture Capture
    Tips for Using Archives
  • Tell Students They are Being Recorded
    If Attendance Lags, You’ll Have Less Interaction
    Archive Caveats
  • Keeping Students Engaged
    Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
  • Set the Tone
  • Circulate Among Students
  • Acknowledge Students’ Presence
  • Keep Things Moving
  • Miscellaneous Best Practices
    Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning
  • Respect Deadlines
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Crashes and Recoveries
  • Let Students Help with Recovery
  • Know What Privileges to Give
  • Give Moderator Privilege - Sparingly
  • Use More Than One Computer
  • Audio: Use a Headset, Value Silence
    Web Cam: Use It, But Not a Lot
    Chat: Seed It, Monitor It, Use it for Everyone
    Archives: Watch Yourself, Extend Class Time, Make Them Useful, Use a Secret Word
    Interaction: Set Tone, Circulate, Acknowledge Students, Keep Things Moving
    Respect Time, Call Confer for Help, Give Control Away Carefully, Use Two Computers
    Summary