Using Synchronous Events to Develop Student-faculty Relationships in an an Online Asynchronous Environment

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Brief Abstract

This session focuses on a course design that implements a check-in system whereby students use video conferencing technology to attend synchronous events with the instructor in an effort to improve approachability and accessibility.

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Megan Wilson is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Murray State University where she works with science students and faculty with research needs. She received her B.S. in Genetics and Biological Sciences from Clemson University and her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on online teaching and virtual reference services. She is particularly interested in understanding how students interact with online services.

Extended Abstract

In today's society, students are surrounded by amazing technology and many students are familiar with video chatting software such as Facetime and Google Hangouts. However, asynchronous online courses still often rely on discussion forums, assignment feedback, and e-mail for direct communication between students and their instructors. The question is: How can we leverage these web conferencing tools to move student-faculty communications forward and build better relationships with online students?

This session focuses on a course design that takes advantage of video conferencing software like Zoom and scheduling tools like Doodle and YouCanBookMe to implement a system of check-ins that provide flexible opportunities for students to actively be engaged with their instructor, the course curriculum as well as with their peers. The session will also examine how this idea has been implemented in an online research course over the past year and the successes and challenges that have arisen. 

Come join me for an engaging discussion to examine the possibilities of including synchronous events in asynchronous courses. 

Level of Participation and Session Goals:

This session is designed for a small group or one to one setting in order to allow for collaborative discussion between the presenter and attendees. The intention being that both presenter and attendees can take away new innovative ideas on how to implement web conferencing tools and synchronous events in a variety of online and blended learning environments, including different class sizes and circumstances.