Online Teaching Styles

There are two different styles of online teaching. You can use either one, but a combination of the two is often effective.  

1. Asynchronous:

Students access at their own pace the reading materials and/or video clips that are placed by the instructor on an online site such as Moodle.

  1. The instructor and students do not interact simultaneously.
  2. The instructor prepares reading materials and/or video clips beforehand and uploads them to Moodle. Students are required to access and learn the materials regularly (e.g.,weekly).
  3. As for making video clips, you can use an application named “Kaltura,” which is embedded within Moodle. If you have a computer with a camera, you can give a lecture facing the camera, record the video, and upload the video clip to Moodle. If your computer doesn’t have a camera, talk to the staff in CTL for other options.
  4. By using functions within Moodle, you can engage in discussions with students. You can have students submit comments to you as well (similar to a comment sheet).

2. Synchronous

You meet your students online at designated times and give lectures while your students are watching and listening to you in real time.

  1. The instructor can use applications such as “Zoom” or “Google Hangouts Meet.” The instructor and students can see and hear each other.
  2. The instructor sits in front of a computer with a camera either in his/her office or at his/her home.
  3. Students can be at home or at other places and watch the lecture and ask questions.
  4. The instructor can upload other resources such as reading materials to Moodle.
  5. If you have more than 30 students in your class, synchronous online teaching may be difficult unless you are very experienced.

3. You can mix the asynchronous and synchronous styles if you want to.