Planning Effective Synchronous Sessions

A virtual classroom is an online learning environment that allows for live interaction between the instructor and the learners as they are participating in learning activities. The most common tools you can find in a virtual classroom are videoconferencing, screen sharing, online whiteboard for real-time collaboration, chat tool, and breakout rooms. Immediate communication favors relationship building within the group, as well as a sense of community.

If you are new to teaching online and plan on using synchronous tools, be sure to review the module Using a Virtual Classroom in the Basic Steps of Teaching Online Tutorial.

Use these tools to provide instant feedback and increase motivation and active participation. Using synchronous tools can be challenging for instructors and students. An effective live class session requires careful planning.