Why is it important to evaluate synchronous online sessions and what type of evaluation might you use in your own synchronous online teaching most often?
Evaluating synchronous online sessions has the same importance as evaluating any other delivery method; is the participant experience maximized? Sounds rather stuffy, but we are trying to enrich someone's knowledge base and need to know if we are succeeding. If not, we also need to know why and what we can do different to accomplish that goal.
Having no experience delivering content online, I enrolled in this course to glean some ideas on the methods, not the content. Happily, I have joined a group of individuals who are passionate about the above and I have learned so much to assist me if I need to go online in the fall. Thank you everyone.
Similar to your experience, I have yet to teach a full semester course online and I really appreciated the open sharing of resources and approaches to teaching that translate well into an online, particularly synchronous format. I am excited to explore many of the tools that we have used in this course and that our talented course facilitators and our practicing facilitators used in their sessions.
Wishing you all the best in the world of online teaching!
I don't think your answer is stuffy.
I agree with what you have said. Evaluation is important whether for online or f2f instruction. It is how we constantly improve as instructors. I taught only 3 classes online at the end of the winter semester. I stayed with my f2f methods as there was little time to make changes and the semester was ending. However, in September it will be my first semester online. I look forward to making changes to how I facilitate the sessions. This course has definitely helped with some options.