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Synchronous sessions: lesson planning

I wanted to chime in on the subject of synchronous learning that was discussed in other threads and during our live meetings.  In particular, I am sharing some resources that provide tips on designing synchronous sessions best fit for the online environment (and provide suggestions that would work well also for a traditional f2f class).  Even when there is a desire to maintain live meetings as main modality for online course delivery, transitioning f2f sessions to Continue reading “Synchronous sessions: lesson planning”

Synchronous learner/learner interaction: challenges and strategies

I just thought we could keep the conversation going here. I heard (and read) so many interesting comments in today’s session! I went and read some of the group worksheets and it seems that tech issues were raised fairly often as a challenge to interaction in the classroom, especially learner/learner interaction. After my very limited stint of distance learning this spring, it seems to me that tech will always fail as some point or another. This is probably even more true with our student population. So it is useful to learn strategies to work around the tech issues. I understand the attraction of synchronous activities for language classes, but I wonder if assigning synchronous group or pair work (I also prefer groups as you work around Continue reading “Synchronous learner/learner interaction: challenges and strategies”

Negotiating Meaning

Hi All!!!!

I wanted to chip in with a comment that tackles more the why and what of the learner-learner interaction than the how. I think we all agree after session 2 that conducting successful oral learner-learner interactions synchronously in an online environment presents several challenges, and that we need to carefully prepare the interactions and consider how to troubleshoot in case learners encounter problems with the task and/or the tools. If this is the case, it seems to me I will have to be much more choosy of which oral learner-learner interactions to do synchronously than I would be in an in person environment. All learner- Continue reading “Negotiating Meaning”

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