The Role of Synchronous Communication in Asynchronous Online Courses

Seminar Date: March 29, 2016
Seminar Time: 1:00pm
Location: Streamed Online from LIB 161B


The ability to communicate in real time (synchronous) through media such as text, audio, and video, can enhance the online learning experience by providing dynamic opportunities for social connection, collaborative problem solving, and collective reflection. However, issues related to synchronous communication include scheduling conflicts, technical support, and the perception that it is extra or busy work. In this session, we will share strategies to incorporate synchronous elements that enhance engagement and learning within online courses for instructors and students. Concrete examples of applying these synchronous strategies will be shared by an instructor.


Bernardo Ramirez MD

ramirez_400pxAssociate Professor
Department of Health Management and Informatics
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

Bernardo Ramirez is an Associate Professor as well as the director of the Executive Health Services Administration and Global Health Initiatives programs for the Department of Health Management and Informatics at UCF. He teaches classes on the U.S. health system, international health systems, issues and trends in health professions, and quality improvement. He has incorporated synchronous elements in his online and blended courses for three years.

Tina Calandrino MEd

Calandrino_400px-1362Instructional Designer
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

Tina Calandrino is an Instructional Designer for the Center for Distributed Learning at UCF, assisting faculty in the design, development, and delivery of online courses. She has over twenty years of experience in the educational field and has taught online, blended, and face-to-face courses in the United States, Canada, and Italy. Her research focuses on developing tools and strategies for effective synchronous teaching in the online learning environment.

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Presentation Materials

Presentation Resources

Tools and Resources

  • Guidelines for Synchronous Assignments: This resource provided by Webcourses@UCF describes best practices currently in use by some online faculty at UCF.
  • Skype for Business: This page on UCF’s Teach site describes Skype for Business and shares best practices for holding successful online meetings using the tool. Specific examples provided.
  • Adobe Connect: This is the official page for learning more about Adobe Connect meeting feature. Free trial is offered.
  • Zoom: This is the official page for Zoom.
  • Google Hangouts: Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android, and Apple devices.
  • Educreations: Teachers can record voice and screen to create video lessons in which students can interact instantly. Available on the web or as an iPad app.
  • Nearpod: Create presentations in which students can interact via Web and/or mobile devices.

Articles and Artifacts

Webcourses@UCF How-To’s

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