GO LIVE! Synchronous Online Teaching

Concurrent Session 2
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Brief Abstract

Are you looking for new ways to personalize the online learning environment and foster community in your online courses?  Let's explore how to design and deliver a synchronous online class where students and instructors interact with each other LIVE on a regular basis. 


Kate Grovergrys is a Spanish professor at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. In her current position, she has developed and taught introductory, intermediate and advanced Spanish courses in a variety of formats including face-to-face, hybrid, online and accelerated. Prior to teaching at Madison Area Technical College, Kate taught Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minnesota. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and a M.A. in Spanish Literature & Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 2012, she became certified as an online instructor when she completed the E-learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate at UW-Stout. She is passionate about language teaching and enjoys fostering an engaging learning community in her classes.
Tina Rettler-Pagel is a Faculty member and Chief Online Learning Officer at Madison College, in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina holds a B.S in Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently working on a Student Affairs Administration Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Tina has completed an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Teaching Certificate, as well as participated in OLC’s Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) in 2017. Her research interests include retention and persistence in the online classroom, women in higher education leadership and governance, digital equity, and community college approaches to teaching and learning. When consulting with faculty, and in her own practice, Tina shares three important lessons: start small, engage at all costs, and never underestimate the power of kindness and inclusion in the classroom. Tina's hashtags? #Mom #Partner #CommunityCollegeProud #OnWisconsin #OnceABadgerAlwaysABadger #A11yAdvocate #OnlineTeaching #DoctoralStudent #Includer #Kindness #Connector #OnlineLearning #TechNerd #Resilience #StrongGirlsStrongWomen #Hockey #Fishing #AnythingSummer #JamMaker #Perseverance #SayYesToNewAdventures #ComeAsYouAre #CrossFit #FarmRaised #StartWhereYouAre #OldSchoolCookingAndBaking #ImpostorPhenomemon #Access #DoctoralCandidate

Extended Abstract

Go Live With Synchronous Online Teaching

In many cases, online teaching has become synonymous with asynchronous instruction.  This session will challenge that assumption.  During the 30-minute presentation portion of the session, the presenters will share practical information about how they have designed and implemented a successful model for synchronous online instruction at Madison College in Madison, WI.  The presentation will include the following elements:

  • Video and audio to show synchronous online teaching in action.
  • Video and audio to show students engaging in synchronous online learning.
  • PowerPoint slides to delineate the framework and visual imagery for discussion and activity.
  • Live online polling questions to draw out information from the participants.
  • Full group activities requiring movement and interactivity.
  • Pair and trio think-pair-share quick activities.

Then the participants will be asked to "think outside the box" and explore the many benefits, limitations, challenges and successes of synchronous online teaching.  During the 5-minute reflection portion of the session, participants will use a post-it affinity process to gather their thoughts, ideas, opinions and questions.

The final 10-minute Q&A/group discussion will take the form of an interactive exercise using spectrum lines to draw out thoughtful questions.  The presenters will ask the participants to share ideas from their post-it affinity process, and this information will form the basis for the spectrum lines activity.