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Collaborating with learners synchronously (Part 1)


Synchronised working uses technology to deliver learning normally done in a classroom or workshop, without having to be physically present in the room.

Learners can observe and take notes, but also engage with the teacher and fellow students.

All the benefits of working together, including chat and discussion are still available in the scheduled timeslot.


This module explores the benefits and ways of working in real-time (synchronously) online with your learners.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

• explain what synchronous online learning activity is and how it can enhance learning
• identify the benefits for learners of synchronous online activities
• recognise different learning contexts in which synchronous online learning activities can support learning.

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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13th February 2019
Sophie De'ath

Engaging and informative.The animated video broke up the written sections which worked well for me.  Report this review

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7th February 2019
Matthew Gordon

Made me rethink some things on task-setting as well as how this could be combined with VLE and the flipped classroom concept.  Report this review

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7th February 2019
Matt Benner

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25th February 2019
Jane Tomlinson

Google Applications provide an excellent opportunity for synchronous collaboration. Didn't get the assessment exercise at all. Not at dyslexia friendly.  Report this review

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25th April 2019
Wendy Peskett

All the examples are webconference Hangouts, Team, Skype etc. It is also possible to have synchronous learning through things such as Comments in Google Docs or WHiteboards such as JamBoard.  Report this review

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24th April 2019
James Wells

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11th April 2019
Becki Lee

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9th April 2019
Julie Mcintosh

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4th April 2019
Maria Sotiriou

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2nd April 2019
Tony Shakespeare

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26th March 2019
Darryl Robinson

Good, but nothing new from this Module.  Report this review

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18th March 2019
Gary Dring

Interesting ideas and I liked the list of resources.  Report this review

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1st March 2019
anthony bravo

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28th February 2019

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13th February 2019
Oliver Hill

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