Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online
July 2006, Jossey-Bass
About the Author.
1 Learning, Live Online.
Synchronous Interaction Across the Learning Continuum.
Needs Served by Synchronous Interaction.
The Synchronous Compact.
Indicators for Real-Time Online Learning.
Learner Skills Developed and Assessed Live Online.
2 Real-Time Learning as Good Practice.
Contact Between Students and Faculty.
Cooperation Among Students.
Time on Task.
Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning.
3 Tools for Learning in Real Time.
Live Audio and Video Tools.
Content, Display, and Other Interactive Tools.
4 Real-Time Learning Venues.
A Moving Target.
Multi-user Virtual Environments.
Virtual Reference, Tutoring, and Help Desks.
Virtual Offices and Virtual Meeting Rooms.
Webcasting or Broadcasting.
In-class Online Aids.
5 Facilitating Learning in Real Time.
Be a Good Host.
Inflate a Bubble of Concentration.
Be a Ringmaster.
Use Virtual Body Language.
Rely on Others: You Are Not Alone.
Use the Synchronous Dashboard.
Be Prepared and Manage Crises.
6 Real-Time Online Learning Activities.
Paired Partners or Dyads.
Guest Appearances and Co-hosts.
Live Blogging and Cclogging.
Expeditions and Virtual Training Labs.
Multiple Venue Productions or Presentations.
Further Reading and Related Web Sites.
Ten Common Misconceptions About Synchronous Instruction.
Scheduling Synchronous Interaction.
Buyer’s Guide: Questions to Ask When Considering a Synchronous Tool.
—Diana G. Oblinger, vice president, EDUCAUSE
"Jam-packed with extremely practical strategies and well-crafted
activity ideas, Learning in Real Time goes well beyond the tools
and deftly focuses on the process of effective live online learning
and collaboration. Anyone teaching, presenting, coaching, or
collaborating online will end up with a marked-up, highlighted, and
dog-eared copy of this book parked next to their computer."
—Alan Levine, The New Media Consortium (NMC)
"Finkelstein's real-world guidance on real-time learning
advances the cause of quality instruction–online and offline.
This book represents an important contribution to the field."
—Deborah L.G. Hutti, associate vice president for educational services, Lake Land College