Online Synchronous Teaching Workshop

Best Practices for using Synchronous Communications in Online Education 

Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D.


Integration of synchronous communication into asynchronous courses enhances students’ engagement, increases instructors’ social and teaching presence, and promotes feedback quality. All these advancements improve student learning and success. Additionally, synchronous communication allows students practice real time presentations and team collaboration that are essential skills for their professional success.

However, integrating online asynchronous learning experiences into synchronous learning experiences can be challenging. Decisions such as how and when to use synchronous tools and strategies are difficult to make for many faculty members. The purpose of this workshop is to help the participants learn about available synchronous communication tools and develop skills for preparing synchronous learning experiences to increase students’ engagement and learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore available tools for synchronous communication
  • Discuss strategies to enhance student engagement and learning by using synchronous communication
  • Develop a plan for integrating synchronous communication into the asynchronous courses


Delivery Mode:

Blended - Synchronous/Asynchronous Workshop


Beginner, Intermediate


This is a synchronous/asynchronous workshop. The workshop will require approximately 2-3 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, attending at one hour  synchronous webinar, and submitting assignments.

Who should attend?

Faculty members who teach asynchronous online courses, Staff who govern faculty members, Instructional designers, and Lead Faculty Area Chairs

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