CHSS Online Teaching Initiative
Teaching Synchronously Online
Synchronous online teaching requires that faculty and students be present in a virtual space at the same time. How the course looks can differ significantly. Here are some tips to help your course be more interactive and to facilitate student learning.
- Create a basic timeline for your virtual session to keep you organized
- Avoid text heavy slides. Use more images and videos to keep students engaged
- Graphic design and video assistance can be found at the
- Test out your technology beforehand to reduce time in which students are waiting for you are disengaged
- Give students simple activities to do during your transition time to avoid student disengagement
- Put a questions in the Chat or ask the students to retrieve a particular document
- Consider sharing your screen to demonstrate to students how to access materials
- Start class with an
icebreaker activity that requires student participation
- This gets them engaged and helps them to learn more about each other
- Use features such as Breakout rooms in Zoom to get students to interact in smaller groups
- Share documents and resources using the Chat feature.
- Links from Google Docs work well here
- Use the whiteboard feature to keep track of important discussion ideas or to annotated documents or images
- Consider bringing in guest presenters, even for small portions of the class
- Include engaging activities such as
- Role plays
- Fishbowl discussions
- Student showcase in which students share their screen and present to the class
Resources through UHD
20-Minute Mentor: All UHD faculty have access to 20-Minute Mentor trainings. There are a variety focusing on synchronous online teaching that faculty can access for free. Go to the
CTLE website to sign up.
UHD Information Technology offers a variety of trainings that can support faculty. See UHD Information Technology calendar of training opportunities.
LinkedIn Learning also has a variety of videos to assist with teaching online synchronous classes that can be accessed using the faculty member’s UHD username and password.
Faculty Focus: Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students
Learning Technologies: Best Practices for Synchronous Online Teaching and Learning