Communicate 4.3.1 The Synchronous Session

Just as online learning has its benefits, traditional face to face classroom learning also has many benefits. When Synchronous sessions are implemented into the online classroom, virtual learning has all the benefits of both learning environments. In terms of attendance and productivity, some subjects might have better results than others. A math synchronous session, for instance, might have a better turnout than a writing session. The main reason for that is because most students learn math more effectively during a face to face interaction with instructors and fellow students. After reading lesson materials and watching recoded sessions, some students might still have questions concerning the concepts, or might still not understand the concepts at all. In synchronous sessions, the instructor can do a mini-lesson on a challenging concept, answer students’ questions, or have student-led time (sometimes students understand better when a fellow student explains it). Most importantly, students show that they are part of the learning community through their interaction with the instructor and their peers during the synchronous sessions.

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