Faculty sessions offered on ways to blend asynchronous and synchronous teaching

April 17, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As Penn State prepares to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer, Teaching and Learning with Technology will host a series focused on engaging students in synchronous and asynchronous online environments through course revisions. Faculty, instructional designers, and other University experts will present and facilitate work sessions on creating meaningful experiences for all aspects of virtual courses. 

These sessions will introduce synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning considerations, promote the alignment of technology tools with learning outcomes, and allow for revisions together with support from consultants and colleagues. Bring your syllabus, exams, assignment sheets, and lesson plans for these sessions. The Engaging Students Series offers an opportunity to dedicate time to rework course content.

The following sessions will be offered:

Session 1: Planning for Student Engagement (choose one of the times below) — How can you plan purposeful revisions to your course objectives and content to maximize student engagement in the virtual environment?

  • Tuesday, April 21,10 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, April 22, 1-3 p.m.

Session 2: Engaging Students Synchronously (choose one of the times below) — What are the best practices for engaging students in a synchronous setting?

  • Tuesday, April 28, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, April 29, 1-3 p.m.

Session 3: Engaging Students Asynchronously (choose one of the times below) — How can you structure asynchronous discussions, group work, and lecture content to benefit student learning?

  • Tuesday, May 5, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, May 6, 1-3 p.m.

Session 4: Engaging Students through Assessment (choose one of the times below) — What changes can you make to your assessments to take advantage of the affordances of the virtual environment?

  • Tuesday, May 12, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Wednesday, May 13, 1-3 p.m.

Join each session with this Zoom link.

Register using this form and receive timely updates and follow-up materials. Participants may attend one or all of the topics of interest.

Last Updated April 23, 2020