Best practices for synchronous instruction

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Best practices for synchronous instruction

  1. 1. The Virtual Classroom: Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning <br />Blaine Morrow<br />FACC T&L <br />Fall, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Real-time Access to Peers, Instructors, Experts<br />Tools for Hands-on Application or Reaction<br />Guided Connections to Primary Resources<br />Prompt Feedback<br />Time on Task<br />Inclusion of Diverse Learning Approaches/Styles<br />Spontaneous Epiphanies<br />Why Synchronous?<br />
  3. 3. Using the Audio Tool<br />Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning<br />
  4. 4. Use a Headset<br />
  5. 5. Value Silence<br />
  6. 6. The Most Important Content Delivery Method Available<br />Increases Social Presence<br />Accommodates Diverse Learning Styles<br />Reasons for Using Audio<br />
  7. 7. Explain Visuals with Narration Alone<br />Don’t Let Students Put Phones on Hold<br />Have Students Raise Their Hands to Speak<br />Tips for Using Audio<br />
  8. 8. Audio Responses are Transient<br />Use Audio Along with Other Options for Communication<br />Many Students are Self-Conscious About Audio<br />Audio Caveats<br />
  9. 9. Using the Web Cam<br />Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning<br />
  10. 10. Use the Web Cam to Feel Connected<br />
  11. 11. Don’t Use the Web Cam Throughout<br />
  12. 12. Demonstrate with the Web Cam<br />
  13. 13. Focus on Eye Contact: Look at the Camera<br />Every Moment on Camera Matters (especially the first ones)<br />Position the Camera so You Can Also See the Screen<br />Authentic Surroundings, Good Lighting & Props<br />Don’t Forget You’re On Camera<br />Tips for Using the Web Cam<br />
  14. 14. Technical Requirements, Bandwidth<br />Video Can Distract Cognitive Resources<br />Students Do Not Necessarily Learn More Deeply Because They Can See You<br />Web Cam Caveats<br />
  15. 15. Using the Chat Tool<br />Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning <br />
  16. 16. Those Who Don’t Talk Will Chat<br />
  17. 17. Seed the Chat Room<br />
  18. 18. Monitor Chat Comments<br />
  19. 19. Engage Students with Chat<br />
  20. 20. 1 2 3: Put it in Your Chat Box!<br />
  21. 21. Chat is Best When You Want All Students to Respond<br />“Shy” Students Are More Likely to Interact via Chat<br />Non-Threatening Way for Students to Ask Questions<br />Good Brainstorming Tool<br />Also good for Student-Student Interaction<br />Always Keep an Eye on the Chat Area<br />Tips for Using Chat<br />
  22. 22. Limited Screen Real Estate<br />Use Crowd Control for Large Classes<br />Spontaneity Does Not Create Clear Prose<br />Set Ground Rules<br />Chat Caveats<br />
  23. 23. Using Archives<br />Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning<br />
  24. 24. Watch Your Own Archives<br />
  25. 25. Use Archives to Extend Class Time<br />
  26. 26. Make Your Archives Useful<br />
  27. 27. Use a Secret Word<br />
  28. 28. Use it as an Option to Attending a Live Class and as a Chance to Review for Better Understanding<br />Great Tool for Improving Your Skills<br />Inexpensive (free) Lecture Capture<br />Tips for Using Archives<br />
  29. 29. Tell Students They are Being Recorded<br />If Attendance Lags, You’ll Have Less Interaction<br />Archive Caveats<br />
  30. 30. Keeping Students Engaged<br />Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning<br />
  31. 31. Set the Tone<br />
  32. 32. Circulate Among Students<br />
  33. 33. Acknowledge Students’ Presence<br />
  34. 34. Keep Things Moving<br />
  35. 35. Miscellaneous Best Practices<br />Best Practices for Synchronous e-Learning<br />
  36. 36. Respect Deadlines<br />
  37. 37. Disaster Recovery<br />
  38. 38. Crashes and Recoveries<br />
  39. 39. Let Students Help with Recovery<br />
  40. 40. Know What Privileges to Give<br />
  41. 41. Give Moderator Privilege - Sparingly<br />
  42. 42. Use More Than One Computer<br />
  43. 43. Audio: Use a Headset, Value Silence<br />Web Cam: Use It, But Not a Lot<br />Chat: Seed It, Monitor It, Use it for Everyone<br />Archives: Watch Yourself, Extend Class Time, Make Them Useful, Use a Secret Word<br />Interaction: Set Tone, Circulate, Acknowledge Students, Keep Things Moving<br />Respect Time, Call Confer for Help, Give Control Away Carefully, Use Two Computers<br />Summary<br />

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