Friday, July 18, 2008

Findings: Best Practices Synchronous

Among the best practices we identified:
  • Establish license and vendor restrictions (if any)
  • Establish netiquette for the synchronous classroom ahead of time
  • Be sure class is well prepared to use the tools
  • Allow participants extra time prior to session start to perform audio/video tests
  • Make sure user privileges are as equal as possible
  • Establish recording procedures
  • Plan for plenty of sidebar discussions via email/phone between faculty members
  • Understand that there may be students who could be overwhelmed by the need to speak into a microphone and hear their own voice
  • Open classroom to avoid scheduling problems
  • Consider using asynchronous tools such as Google docs or wikis to assist in organizing

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