Synchronous vs Asynchronous: Making teaching online bearable

Mark Beetlestone
Twitter Profile: @markbeetlestone 23rd March 2021

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Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

I work in a medium sized general FE college, and have been working in FE for approximately 10 years. I have recently left the classroom having taught vocational IT from level 2 to level 4, including full-time learners and apprentices. I am now a manager in charge of all things technology enhanced learning at the college, responsible for the upskilling of staff and students and driving forward... more

How did you use the learning from this module in your teaching context?

I read up on the JISC case study and learned a lot about how the transformation of a face to face lesson needs to harness and capture the different technological capability that is on offer in order to make sure that the learners' experience is good. It made me reflect upon... more

What worked well?

The teachers I work with have received training on how to implement synchronous and asynchronous activities in to their practice. This is something which I believe (and is compounded by this module) is absolutely key in finding success with online learning. Many teachers don't realise the benefits of the tech, some just need their eyes opened to the possibilities and to be given the tools... more

What would you do differently next time?

Give some options for how to execute the asynchronous activities. Some teachers (just like students) need differentiated activities before they are able to demonstrate competence with the concept. I will work on creating more opportunities for staff to undertake training in a supportive environment, getting them to practice their skills until they are confident and competent

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