Synchronous Cohorts

Rationale

Traditional asynchronous online courses offer flexibility in timing, scheduling and location. However, some students want additional social connections including touching base with their teacher and building a strong learning community. These students benefit from a synchronous option.

Benefits

Synchronous Cohorts provide regular touchpoints where students would meet with their teacher(s) and fellow students. Regularly scheduled times allow students to connect with teachers to receive instruction, clarify assignments, and ask questions on a weekly basis. Synchronous Cohorts allow students the opportunity to connect with their teachers and other students. Synchronous Cohorts provide the chance for students to be known and also increase the level of accountability. Teachers are able to preteach lessons, answer common questions and clarify assignments in weekly meetings.

How Synchronous Cohorts Function

  • Students work through the standard online course together with the teacher.
  • The teacher and students meet via Zoom at a scheduled time every week.
  • Weekly meetings create a rhythm and maintain a high level of contact. 
  • Zoom classes are typically 20-30 minutes in length.
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