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Collaborating with learners synchronously (Part 2)


This module looks at the practical issues of how to build synchronous online learning into a balanced programme of online and face-to-face learning.

It examines the challenges of real-time online activity (technical, social and personal) and things you can do to ensure that learner experience and outcomes are comparable to the rest of the programme.


Working collaboratively and supporting learners in real-time


At the end of this module you will be able to
- explain how you can introduce synchronous online learning activity into your scheduled programme
- understand when it is appropriate and when it is not
- identify the practical challenges of real time online learning and how to ensure suitable levels of student experience and outcomes

Digital Teaching Professional Framework

This module covers the DTPF component - C3 : Communication and collaboration with learners and between learners (peer support)

  • Implement and/or support collaborative learning activities in which digital devices, resources or information strategies are used.
  • Implement and/or support collaborative learning activities in a digital environment, e.g. using blogs, wikis, learning management systems.
  • Use digital technologies for collaborative knowledge exchange among learners.
  • Monitor and guide learners in their collaborative knowledge generation in digital environments.
  • Allow learners to digitally present their collaborative efforts and assist them in doing so.
  • Use digital technologies for peerassessment and as a support for collaborative self-regulation and peerlearning.
  • Use digital technologies to experiment with new formats and methods for collaborative learning.
  • Use digital communication tools to respond promptly to learners' questions and doubts, e.g. on assignments.
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We greatly appreciate the time taken to provide us with feedback on each module. We regularly review all the feedback provided and use it to inform the development of new modules. Subject to funds being available and other constraints, we will amend existing modules where feedback shows this is required.
13th February 2019
Sophie De'ath

The quiz element made me think about the information that was given in the animation.  Report this review

Our Response: Thank you for your helpful comments which will inform our ongoing development.
7th February 2019
Matthew Gordon

Seemed a bit short on (further) examples, but food for thought nonetheless.  Report this review

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25th January 2019
Phil Deegan

Interesting topic material - however ironically the on-line test was not functioning correctly when I completed this module!  Report this review

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1st February 2019
Alan Ball

The video is well made and informative, but the assessment is poorly executed. There's no differentiation between online and offline communication, and one of the answers is definitely synchronous but offline, so the assessment requires you to put it in the asynchronous box. Dumb.  Report this review

Our Response: Thank you. We appreciate your feedback. It is important for us to understand how to improve our training modules and, subject to you having given consent, we will be in touch to discuss it further with you. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact our Helpdesk on 0330 22 333 63. Understanding your views is important to us.
11th April 2019
Becki Lee

Our Response: Thank you.
9th April 2019
Julie Mcintosh

Our Response: Thanks for your rating.
26th March 2019
Darryl Robinson

Could have been combined with the Part 1 module.  Report this review

Our Response: Thank you we appreciate your comments and have noted them.
20th March 2019
Gary Dring

Prompts thought about how synchronous support can be incorporated into learning.  Report this review

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11th March 2019
James Spivey

Our Response: Great thanks!
28th February 2019

Our Response: Cool!
27th February 2019
Marie Woodward

Our Response: Looks like we did not quite meet your expectations. Thanks for your feedback.
26th February 2019
Jane Tomlinson

Our Response: Cool!
11th February 2019
Susanna Brandon

Our Response: Thank you for the encouraging feedback!
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