Teaching & Learning


Designing synchronous learning activities 4 Nov

04 November 2020, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm

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Practical guidance on how to design synchronous online learning sessions, in this workshop led by UCL Digital Education

Event Information

Open to





UCL Arena Centre


This event will take place online.
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United Kingdom

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Wednesday 04 November 12:00 - 13:30

UCL Arena Centre and UCL Digital Education are delivering this session, which is open to all staff at UCL who teach students.

Orchestrating synchronous interactions in the virtual classroom needs to be more intentionally planned than in a face-to-face environment. Setting clear goals and understanding where live sessions can bring the most added value to the learning experience is an important starting point.

In this session, you will

Recieve practical guidance on how to design synchronous online learning sessions, including creating a variety of learning activities to engage students throughout the session (from icebreakers to exit tickets), deciding what interaction channels to use and, setting up effective mechanisms for moderation and time management.

During this 90-minute session, you will also become familiar with the main functions of the various synchronous learning platforms, like:

  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Zoom, 
  • or Teams and learn how to use them effectively to design your virtual classroom.

UCL Connected Learning Live Events

This is part of a series of short live sessions to complement the UCL Connected Learning Essentials Staff Development Course. 

View all events in series. 

Who should attend

You should attend if you are a member of UCL staff who teaches.