Synchronous Online Learning Serenthia Gartrell AET531 July 4, 2011 Dr. Christine Nortz
What is Synchronous Learning? Engages and reaches various students and facilitators with shared communication through a real-time environment.
Advantages Convenience and Flexibility Timely Instructor Feedback Shared Applications for Users Live Student Collaboration Real-time Discussion
Disadvantages Costs of Online Convenience Time Constraints for Students and Facilitators Technical Requirements (software, computer, user) Critical Thinking and Reflection Time Limits for Class Size and Activities
Facilitation Strategies Mandatory Participation of Students Proper Student Expectations for Class Session Times Breakout Sessions (Learning Teams) for Discussion Interactive Quizzes Student/Instructor Feedback Notification Alerts from Facilitator Instructor Advance Preparation
Summary Comments? Pros and cons associated with any type of learning May not be the best option for all learning styles Many tools available for student engagement
References Hrastinski, S. (2008). Asynchronous and synchronous e-learning. Educase quarterly. Retrieved July 2, 2011, from http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/ AsynchronousandSynchronousELea/163445