I've combined these two activities into one post in an effort to be efficient:)
Activity 1: 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?
Embedding evaluation into my teaching practice has always been crucial. Evaluation of my own teaching and the course is done formally via student surveys, peer observations and self-reflection embedded into the processes at my institution. Informal evaluation happens every time I teach (That went well. Yikes – how can I improve that? Uh oh, this is going sideways, I’d better…). I don’t think that will or should change for teaching online and especially synchronous sessions. Reacting and adapting is an ongoing process for me.
My concern for synchronous sessions
within my course is making sure this precious time is used wisely and efficiently.
I’m moving from a blended format (f2f class with online hours) to fully online
but the synchronous sessions were always in person, so I’m new to facilitating online.
I’m working on how to determine if the synchronous sessions are effective. I
expect that individual student meetings, surveys and polls and keeping track of
engagement with resources and activities will help to inform that. Won’t know
for sure until it happens!
I would like to thank all of you for a very rich learning experience. Despite the pressures of work, I was eager to carve out some time for this course. I can assure you that I read every post even if time constraints kept me from jumping in on some great discussions! I’m inspired by this great group of educators and plan to implement some of the many ideas and practices shared over the last three weeks. On another note, as we’ve moved all facets of our work online, I have found this course has also informed how I chair department meetings online, etc. The skills discussed here have transferred very well!
You were right, Ross. I did learn a lot and it was fun! Thanks to you and Asif for being excellent models in facilitating online courses.
Best wishes to all,