Module 6. Instructional Delivery Continuum

This module explores the instructional delivery continuum and best practices for synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

This module addresses the following standards:

  • The online teacher understands the instructional delivery continuum. (e.g., fully online to blended to face-to-face). OTE.1.K.7
  • The online teacher understands the techniques and applications of various online instructional strategies (e.g., discussion, student-directed learning, collaborative learning, lecture, project-based learning, forum, small group work). OTE.4.K.1
  • The online teacher recognizes the importance of verbal (synchronous) as well as nonverbal (asynchronous) communication. OTE.6.D.1
  • The online teacher knows how educational standards and curriculum align with 21st century skills. OTE.9.K.2

Synchronous chat

Watch

Watch the following video, and consider the following:

  • How does blended learning utilize the best of both online and face-to-face learning?
  • What are some methods for utilizing blended learning in the classroom?

Read

Read the following web page from the Christensen Institute, and consider the following:

  • In an ideal world, which model would you like to use in your classroom?
  • What are each model's benefits?
  • What are each model's limitations or problems?
Staker, H., & Horn, M. (2012). Classifying K-12 blended learning. Innosight Institute.

Open the Web Page

Read the following web pages, and consider the following:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of synchronous communication for learning?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of asynchronous communication for learning?
  • How should you blend the two approaches together in an online or blended course?
  • Which "best practices" do you think are most important?
University of Wisconsin System. (2014). Asynchronous vs synchronous communication. University of Wisconsin - Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence.
University of Wisconsin System. (2014). Best practices for asynchronous and synchronous communication. University of Wisconsin - Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence.
Brickner, S. (2013). Virtual learning best practices, part one: Tips for synchronous virtual training. Impact Blog!
Brickner, S. (2013). Virtual learning best practices, Part Two: Tips for asynchronous virtual training. Impact Blog!

Discussion and Reflection Questions

  • What positive and negative experiences have you had as a student with synchronous and asynchronous learning?
  • How can educators make the best use of synchronous and asynchronous technologies?
  • What are some technologies that can support effective online and blended strategies?

Learning Check

  1. Sites like Khan Academy and Coursera primarily support what kind of learning?
  2. Tools like Google Hangouts and Adobe Connect support what kind of learning?

  1. Asynchronous
  2. Synchronous