Teaching & Learning at West Point Breadcrumb centers and research center for teaching excellence teaching and learning at west point synchronous vs asynchronous learning Synchronous vs. Asynchronous and Virtual Learning Remote Considerations for Asynchronous and Synchronous Lesson Planning Start here for a guide to making deliberate, pedagogically-sound decisions about which elements of a course will be executed synchronously and asynchronously. Review this comparison of capabilities for various remote platforms. Synchronous Learning Synchronous class meetings allow for real-time student discussion, problem-solving, clarifications, and emphasizing and summarizing key points. This is a time when students have direct access to the instructor and their peers for help, and can promote a sense of connection to the course. Click here to explore tools, tips, and strategies for holding synchronous meetings in onlne courses, including tools such as Blackboard and Teams, using breakout rooms for small group work, and virtual whiteboard tools. Asynchronous Learning Asynchronous course elements are particularly useful for helping students prepare for synchronous sessions, practice and reflect on their understanding, and interact with other students. Click here to explore tools, tips, and strategies for creating asynchronous elements for online courses, including quizzes, discussion boards, group work, and other assignments. Virtual Change Powerpoint Slideshow functions to manage multiple screens when teaching Gather Attendance: ask students to turn on their video cameras and do a "radio check" or ask them to raise their hands (both Teams and BB) Post a poll or question requiring immediate student feedback using Blackboard Collaborate. Use Blackboard Collaborate to assess student's understanding using feedback tools. For a comparison of capabilities. Post a poll or question requiring immediate student feedback using MS Teams . For MS Teams, use the chat function to post a question, post the answers, and ask students to "thumbs up" an answer. Use Kahoot for multiple-choice and True/False questions Host Group Work/Breakout Groups in MS Teams (create private channels for each group) or Blackboard Quick Links Teaching and Learning Home Getting Started Technology Organizing and Distributing Course Materials Creating Community Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning Practical Advice for Teaching at West Point Training and Events Center for Teaching Excellence Home Contact Us LTC Ben Wallen, Chief of FLICR (Faculty Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, and Research) Dr. Mark Evans, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence Dr. Steve Finn, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence Suggestions for improvements to this website or best practices to capture? Please send them to Mr. Patrick Gill, Instructional Technology Director.