Anyone who is venturing into the fun-filled world of online teaching using synchronous technologies will find this book a mine of useful information. The main focus of the advice is aimed at users of systems such as Elluminate, WebEx, Centra, Acrobat Connect (formerly Breeze) etc., the advice given is equally applicable to users of traditional video conferencing set ups.
Reading the book took me back to the early days of audio-graphics and video conferencing in NZ when I ran workshops for teachers and we produced pages of notes etc – the contents of this book reflect the same sorts of advice, including;
- designing for the virtual classroom,
- preliminary planning
- setting up
- wrap-up and follow-up
The advice itself is very practical, with useful lists of tips and suggestions that could easily be used in any context.
In addition, there’s a useful introduction to synchronous e-Learning that provides a comprehensive rationale for why you might choose to tech in this manner. One thing I was pleased to see was reference to the use of an LMS as an adjunct to the synchronous tool (some may argue it’s the other way round!) – which reinforces the notion that e-learning is often about choosing combinations of tools rather than focusing on a single modality. to this end there’s a useful table comparing the features of synchronous and asynchronous learning included in the introduction.
Overall, another excellent publication from the eLearning Guild containing ideas and advice that is applicable across all areas – business, tertiary, schools etc.