Synchronous sessions lend themselves well for real-time collaboration, communication, and problem solving.
Synchronous sessions are most effective when they actively engage leaners.
In addition to the strategies outlined below, explore Liberating Structures.
Strategies to engage learners during live web conference, include:
Solve a problem
small groups work to collectively answer
think-aloud pair problem-solving
Generate a list
presence or absence of featuresSynthesize ideas and concepts that were raised in other parts of the courseshout outs to well done or insightful contributionsanswer questions that seemed to surface from multiple peopleclarify misconceptions
Debate a topicNegotiate an outcomeConcept Map/Outline a ProcessSimulationBrief response
Share artifacts, current events, examplesPose a question at the beginning of the session, to stimulate thinking, then present content, and followup with the question at the end for large group discussionPresent on a challenging, controversial, or complex topic, giving students an opportunity to grapple with and ask questions in real time