Synchronous Learning occurs when a group of students are learning at the same time virtually with their instructor via a video conferencing tool. While this may seem like commonplace in the current context of online education; it has only become more prevalent with the growth of synchronous technology (i.e., Zoom), which allows for rapid transmission of video over the internet.
Zoom is the preferred web-conferencing tool at VCU.; it allows students and instructors to meet virtually while offering a plethora of tools to help facilitate a positive learning environment for both teachers and students.
Before engaging with the Zoom tool, VCU ALT Lab has created a great video to help explore the intricacies of navigating web cameras and the way in which you present yourself in video conferencing environment.
Now that you have a little bit of a background in what it looks like to engage a class in a virtual environment the creators at Zoom have created several helpful videos which will introduce you to the Zoom software, and the different tools found within the Zoom platform.
And for those who would prefer seeing a guide in print here is a VCU created document which will inform on how to get started with Zoom.
How to Prevent Zoombombing!
In recent months there has been security breaches by unsavory people looking to derail important conversations, Zoom presents different ways to prevent and thwart these Zoom hackers for a better learning experience; it is highly recommended that you watch the following tutorial:
The following is a quick and easy info-graphic which outlines best practice in a synchronous environment.
Hungry for more?
ALT Lab offers a number of facilitated courses in our Certificate Program and through our series of Self-Paced courses. Please check out our website for more details or, for a custom professional development request, please contact us using this form.