EPD - Strategies for Synchronous Web Conferences

Synchronous sessions lend themselves well for real-time collaboration, communication, and problem solving.

Synchronous sessions are most effective when they actively engage leaners. 

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 
prioritized 
pro/con


Categorize items  
presence or absence of features


Synthesize ideas and concepts that were raised in other parts of the course 
shout outs to well done or insightful contributions 
answer questions that seemed to surface from multiple people
clarify misconceptions 


Small group discussion 
Think–Pair–Share


Debate a topic


Negotiate an outcome 


Concept Map/Outline a Process 


Simulation


Brief response
Minute Paper 
Muddiest Point


Share artifacts, current events, examples


Pose 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 discussion


Present on a challenging, controversial, or complex topic, giving students an opportunity to grapple with and ask questions in real time