Synchronous class sessions can provide students with opportunities to dive deeper into complicated subject matter and engage in interactive discussions. Meeting for live class sessions can also help students to maintain a sense of community and connection with classmates, the department, the institution, and to you, the instructor. If you decide to incorporate synchronous sessions into your course, make sure that the sessions are clearly indicated on your syllabus and plan to hold sessions at the regularly scheduled time of your class. Zoom and Webex are the web-conferencing options available for all UMD instructors, staff and students.
Remember, hosting (and attending) live sessions can be more stressful than you think. It also may not be possible for all students to attend each live session, so you need to consider how you will make the material and learning opportunities available to all students. Sharing content asynchronously also makes it easier to ensure that course content is accessible for all students.
Technology: In preparing for your synchronous sessions, review these technology considerations.
Planning: Here are some things to consider when you are preparing for your synchronous sessions.
Hosting: When it is time to facilitate your synchronous session, here are some suggestions for hosting an engaging and beneficial session.
And finally, you can always email KeepTeaching@umd.edu with questions or to schedule an individual consultation.