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