Two months ago, nobody would have predicted that education at every level, from kindergarten through graduate programs, would either shut down or move online.

Most teachers don’t have prior experience or professional development in teaching online courses effectively. While it might seem like a simple transition to post slides or a recorded lecture online, teachers need to be intentional with course design to effectively mirror what students experienced in the classroom and make the transition as smooth and successful as possible.

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Synchronous over asynchronous

Online education is fairly synonymous with asynchronous learning. Most people assume the move to online courses means students are logging on to the learning management system to take reading quizzes tied to their assigned textbook chapters and posting in the discussion board in line with weekly modules as their schedules allow.

About the Author:

Luke Sophinos is the Founder & CEO of CourseKey, an edtech/online teaching platform that handles all on-ground classroom needs for teachers and schools, in order to make remote teaching and training more engaging.