Managing a Synchronous/Asynchronous Balance to Achieve Optimal Student Learning
Ashley Konson | June 12, 2020 | View Zoom Recording
This presentation continues the conversation around online course design while considering the use of synchronous versus asynchronous delivery. Ashley Konson presented on this topic back in May (a video recording of which can be found here), and in this most recent session, Ashley provides an update on experience with establishing an effective synchronous / asynchronous balance to achieve optimal student learning. He also shares his tips for assessing online participation as well maintaining student engagement, employing the regular use of discussion boards, breakout rooms and frequent quizzes.
“In terms of synchronous delivery, my pedagogical approach when I’m teaching in the classroom is lectures with small breakout group discussions and large group discussions, and I have enjoyed the fact that Zoom pretty much allows me to replicate that exact pedagogical approach. The Zoom breakout rooms are are a fantastic tool.” – Ashley Konson
Challenges and Successes with Fully-Asynchronous Course Delivery
Johnny Rungtusanatham | June 12, 2020 | View Zoom Recording
Johnny Rungtusanatham shares his extensive experience in designing and managing asynchronous online learning experiences. He also shares his six most important tips on how to design for and manage students in an online learning environment.
“Design Suggestion 1: Maximize Interactions with Content
Design Suggestion 2: Maximize Interactions with Peers
Design Suggestion 3: Repeat instructions more than once
Management Suggestion 1: Minimize Instructor-to-Student Emails
Management Suggestion 2: Establish ≤ 2 Virtual Office Hours Sessions
Management Suggestion 3: Establish Time Fences to Pace Learning”
– Johnny Rungtusanatham
“Why Can’t Current Synchronous Content be Delivered Asynchronously?”
David Johnston | June 12, 2020 | View Zoom Recording
Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program Director David Johnston shares his thoughts on managing synchronous and asynchronous course delivery in order to accommodate varying teaching styles and learning objectives across the program. He also discusses feedback received from students and shares a document prepared for and by the MSCM program entitled “MSCM OnLine Course Best Practices To Date – June 2, 2020″, which outlines observations, tips and tricks of what’s been working and what the program has used as their design philosophy in trying to standardize the navigation of Canvas and its integration with Zoom.
“We have a new curve to flatten, it’s a learning one about online education. ” – David Johnston
Using H5P Creator Studio to Develop Interactive Asynchronous Course Content
Stephanie Quail | June 12, 2020 | View Zoom Recording
In the final portion of this presentation, Stephanie Quail provides an introduction to and examples of the H5P Creator Studio, an open-source software product that integrates very easily into Canvas, producing interactive asynchronous HTML content. The software is available for use through eCampusOntario, which provides free accounts for all Ontario instructors.
“eCampus Ontario, a non-profit organization supporting publicly funded Ontario colleges and universities with digitally enhanced teaching and learning practices, added H5P to their servers and enhanced it with additional easy-to-use functionality and reliability.” – Stephanie Quail