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Student Engagement: Synchronous Online Learning


Zoom allows you to continue to meet with your students during periods of remote teaching and learning, but facilitating a class via videoconference is an undeniably different experience. While teaching on Zoom likely complicates some of your techniques for engaging students and promoting collaboration, there are several ways to adapt them to an online environment.

These tips, strategies, and examples reflect the collaborative effort of Kendra Lomax, Managing Director, Teacher Education by Design (TEDD), Deborah Massachi, Managing Director, INSPIRE, and Britta Ossim, Instructional Designer.

See the links on the right for general tips, specific strategies, and example lesson plans.

Additional Resources

  • Dr. Theresa Wills, an experienced online educator at George Mason University, offers free professional development resources and downloadable templates to adapt to your online classroom.
  • Dr. Lynne Robins, from the UW’s Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME), has compiled this list of teaching methods to use during synchronous sessions.