Additional advice for planning for synchronous meetings
Synchronous meetings should be used for more interactive, engaging work and one way to make them happen more easily is to have students meet in small groups.
Small groups can provide the instructor with an opportunity to refine or enhance planning and delivery of instruction in between multiple sessions of the same lesson. The small group model (5-8 students) provides flexibility for scheduling, increases student attendance,and fosters a learning environment for student to student and student to teacher collaboration.
Additionally, consistent small groups for synchronous learning activities during the course allows for students to get to know eachother better and establish more trust. Synchronous learning lessons must provide students with opportunities to be active and engaged in learning that requires higher order thinking skills. Our time is precious so being present for the online lesson needs to be worthwhile.