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Asynchronous versus Synchronous Courses

On November 29, 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Distance Education hosted a teaching forum to discuss asynchronous and synchronous delivery of courses. Faculty panelists shared their experiences teaching in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, addressing challenges and advantages of each. A curriculum specialist from the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning discussed the tools available to accomplish instructional goals in each format and answered questions.

Anticipated Outcomes - Our goal was that by the end of this session, participants would be able to... 

  • Appreciate the difference between effective instructor behaviors in synchronous and asynchronous course formats (e.g. time management strategies, flexibility, and communication with students) 
  • Recognize some strengths, weaknesses, and instructional best practices with each format 
  • Appreciate different instructional design considerations for each format 
  • Identify resources and support services for instructional design and course planning in both formats

Teaching Forum Panelists
Dr.  Larry Hurtubise (Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning)
Dr. Naomi Brenner (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)
Dr. Elizabeth Kolkovich (English - Mansfield campus)
Dr. Darcy Hartman (Economics)



The panelists of this Teaching Forum requested that we publish this list of links and resources that were referenced during the panel discussion:

Student Life Disability Services - SLDS

ASC Accessibility Coordinators

Dr. Seward (English Department)