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OL: Designing Live Online Classes
Course Description:

One of the main advantages of synchronous online learning is that it allows immediacy in teaching and learning. However, synchronous learning can be challenging for students who may lack access to fast internet connectivity, are situated in different time zones, or experience accessibility barriers.

Hence, facilitating interaction in an online classroom must be intentionally planned and holistically arranged with asynchronous learning.

This 90-minute session provides practical guidance on how to;

  • design accessible live online classes, including the creation of learning activities to engage students throughout the session (from icebreakers to exit tickets);
  • deciding which interaction channels to use;
  • and effective mechanisms for moderation and time management.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you are using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN when booking because you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

This session will enable the learner to;
  • Reflect on the various purposes of synchronous?interaction;
  • Consider?the types of activities that engage students during a live?class?;
  • Explain essential accessibility requirements in the context of synchronous learning;
  • Explore how to link?synchronous and asynchronous activities in a?seamless?manner?;
  • Design a synchronous learning unit in a storyboard format.

Intended Audience:

This course is aimed at academic and postgraduate teaching staff.

Target Audience: UCL Staff only
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