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Templates for Engaging Synchronous Online Classes

Lesson Plan Templates

The lessons plans below feature rich student interactions, from quick check-in responses to in-depth collaborative group work. The purpose of these lesson plan templates is to demonstrate the lesson structure, transitions, preparation, and materials you’ll want to consider when planning an online, synchronous class session that provides lots of opportunities for students to actively engage in learning. They can be adapted to work for your course and content. Although the description indicates the class size, each lesson plan can be adjusted to suit a larger or smaller class.

Click on the first link below to view and download the Microsoft Word template; you’ll need to be logged in to your UW account to access it. Click the second link to make a Google Doc copy to your own Google Drive.

Synchronous Session 1

Small to Medium Class: Group Discussions in Breakout Rooms

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Synchronous Session 2

Small to Medium Class: Peer Feedback, Mini Lecture, and Group Activity in Breakout Rooms

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Synchronous Session 3

Medium to Large Class: Mini Lecture, Video Discussion, Group Activity in Breakout Rooms

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If you make an adaption that works well and want to share the template with colleagues, email edhelp@uw.edu and we’ll add your template to this list.

Collaborative Document Templates

All of the lesson plans above use a collaborative document to support student learning and serve as an artifact from student’s discussions and work in breakout rooms. Depending on your purpose, you can choose to use a Google Doc or a Google Slides presentation. The templates below provide you with a starting point for collaborative documents to use during your own synchronous online class session. Remember to think about document permissions before class starts for the smoothest experience!

Click on the first link in each set below to view and download the Word document and PowerPoint presentation, or click the second link in each set to make a Google Doc/Slides copy to your own Google Drive.

Word/Google Document

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PowerPoint/Google Slides

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