Loading…

Flash Player 9 (or above) is needed to view presentations.
We have detected that you do not have it on your computer. To install it, go here.

Like this presentation? Why not share!

The Value of Synchronous Communication in Online Learning Environments

on

  • 2,567 views

 

Statistics

Views

Total Views
2,567
Views on SlideShare
2,558
Embed Views
9

Actions

Likes
2
Downloads
22
Comments
2

1 Embed 9

http://www.slideshare.net 9

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

CC Attribution License

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel

12 of 2

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    The Value of Synchronous Communication in Online Learning Environments The Value of Synchronous Communication in Online Learning Environments Presentation Transcript

    • SYNCH AND SWIM:
      The Value of Synchronous Communication
      Michael Coghlan
      November 14th, 2010
    • What is synchronous/asynchronous communication?
      SYNCHRONOUS (real time) eg f2f conversation, telephone calls, chat rooms
      ASYNCHRONOUS – some delay between initial communication and the reply eg letters, email, forums
    • COMMUNICATION AXIS
      Most classroom communications take place here
      New – have been enabled by technology (only happen online)
    • Range of Synchronous Tools
      Instant messengers: Google Talk, Skype, Yahoo, MSN (text + voice)
      Peer to Peer/Collaborative Tools: eg Etherpad (documents), Mind Mapping, Whiteboards, etc
      Virtual Classrooms
      Proprietary: Elluminate, Adobe Connect, etc
      Free: Wiziq, DimDim, Vyew
    • Virtual Worlds: Second Life
      See
      Second
      Life in
      Education
    • Use of Synchronous Tools – Survey
      Why are synchronous tools important?
      Approx 50/50 split between pedagogical and social/affective reasons
      Pedagogy: immediacy of feedback (30%)
      (results at http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/synch/surv_results.htm)
    • Social/Affective Benefits
      Social, community, and personal engagement
      personal engagement/motivation (55%)
      community building (29%)
      improving the social experience (27%)
      (results at http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/synch/surv_results.htm)
    • Tension: Synch v Asynch
      Terry Anderson, Toward a Theory of Online Learning:
      “….the major motivation for enrollment in distance education isnot physical access, but rather, temporal freedom to move through a course of studies at a pace of the student’s choice.” Participation in (synchronous events) “almost inevitably places constraints on thisindependence.”
       “ Thedemands of a learning-centered context might at times force us tomodify prescriptive participation in (synchronous events),even though we might have evidence that such participation willfurther advance knowledge creation and attention.”
    • Resolving the tension between asynchronous and synchronous approaches
      don’t make synch sessions compulsory; use synch for those who want it
      use tools that can record or archive the sessions for later retrieval
      don’t use synchronous for whole class instruction
      use for meetings, one-on-one, or in small groups
      offer informal (social) sessions in synch mode
      allow student use of synchronous space
      offer office hours sessions at set times
    • Resolving the tension between asynchronous and synchronous approaches
      It’s not all or nothing – use both approaches:
      Synch for social, spontaneous, decision making
      Asynch for deliberation, reflection, considered opinion
    • What kinds of synchronous activities can you use in classrooms?
      TEACHING
      ‘straight lecture’
      Guest lecturers
      Oral presentations
      Group work
      One on one (eg pronunciation)
      OTHER
      Office hours
      Social: student - student
    • NEAR
      SYNCHRONOUS
      TOOLS
    • What’s this?
    • Twitter as a real time search tool?
      May 2008: “Twitter beats media in reporting China earthquake."
      • An almost real time search tool
      • Now being used by some as an alternative search tool to Google
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/29281982@N00/101951607/
    • TRACKING THE BACK CHANNEL
      http://www.slideshare.net/mchaelc/tracking-the-back-channel
    • BACKCHANNEL TOOLS
      Direct or instant messaging in web conferencing tools (eg Centra, Elluminate)
      Live blogging tools like Cover It Live
      Live polling tools like Poll Everywhere
      Micro Messaging tools: Twitter, Yammer
    • Cover It Live
    • Question
      Why do you think it is important to include synchronous tools in online courses?