Classroom communication in a synchronous online class

Synchronous Learning takes place in real time ( Same time) while the trainer and learner are physically separated from each other (place shift)

Examples

Live Webcasting

Instant messaging

Audio/Video Conferencing

Online chat

Advantages

Real time discussionsImmediate feedback
Real time collaborations Facilitator can measure students’ understanding

Disadvantages

Facilitator and learner needs to be at same place at the same time Requires technical knowledge and infrastructure
Less flexibility in learning pace The coordination can be difficult

Some tips

Respond to learners communication within a reasonable time frame

Send periodic communication, but don’t overwhelm the learner

Consider your primary objective while creating the course plan

Develop a guide that learners can utilize to stay on track

Integrate group collaboration activities

Encourage learners to offer feedback

Include a visual presentation

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