Reflection Questions for Evaluating Synchronous Learning Activities

Quality engagement between faculty and students is one of the most challenging aspects of online learning. This post outlines high-level critical points required to infuse online courses with authentic class collaboration and interaction focused on concept reinforcement.

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Quality engagement between faculty and students is one of the most challenging aspects of online learning. This post outlines high-level critical points required to infuse online courses with authentic class collaboration and interaction focused on concept reinforcement.

Learner Engagement:

  • How does the synchronous learning activity enable students to reach course goals and objectives?
  • How do I provide and explain the required levels of participation (e.g., quantity of interactions)?
  • How do I define expectations regarding the quality of communications (e.g., what constitutes a “good” answer)?
  • How am I providing an opportunity for individualized instruction, remedial activities, or resources for advanced learning activities?

Technology Use:

  • How does my synchronous learning tools reduce the labor-intensity of the learning (e.g., providing links to needed resources where they will be used in the course, integrating publisher resources)? 
  • How have I made an effort to use low-cost or no-cost materials?

Content Presentation:

  • How well are the synchronous communications integrated with other course materials (integrated publisher resources, e- textbooks, course manuals, etc.)?
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Interaction and Collaboration:

  • How do my activities designed to help build a sense of community among learners?
  • How do my activities encourage interaction and support active learning?
  • To what degree do I offer opportunities for collaborative activities to reinforce course content and learning outcomes, while building workplace-useful skills such as teamwork, cooperation, negotiation, and consensus – building?

Assessment:

  • How (if any) does my learning activity  provide an opportunity for providing constructive, meaningful feedback to learners?
  • How do I provide an opportunity for self-assessment?
  • To what degree do I  provide an opportunity for assessment through discussions?

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