Many of you are wondering whether you should be teaching your online courses synchronously or asynchronously (or using a combination of both). In truth, each has its pros and cons, and the reality is that your personal circumstances (working from home) may dictate the best approach. The choice is entirely up to you.
That said, we are finding that students in the Faculty of Forestry are really appreciating the sense of ‘community’ that comes with active, real-time involvement and synchronous lectures, especially those that incorporate participatory elements like chats, polls, group exercises. Anecdotally, we are hearing that it gives the students a much needed sense of structure and connection. If you aren’t already doing this, it might be something worth considering, at least once or twice per week.
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