When designing your synchronous lecture you will be concentrating mostly on what and how and style of learning experiences that will take place will take place.

It must be acknowledge that designs will very according to discipline,

1. Identify parts of a synchronous lecture

Some of the lecture components are intrinsic to the its structure while other parts are dependent on context and may occur in one lecture, but not the next. For example, your very first lecture session might look quite different from your standard lecture sessions.


  • The Open – How will you begin your lectures?
  • The Close – How will you end them?
  • Breaks – Will you devote x minutes to a scheduled break or will it be acceptable for students to step away when they need to? Or both?
  • Topics – How will you and your students engage with lecture topics? Will you be on camera, use a slide deck, or both?
  • “Classroom” set-up

Student engagement

  • Community building – What can you do to promote the human aspect of online synchronous learning?
  • Norms and guidelines – What is considered as acceptable and respectful during the lecture and what is not?
  • Guidance and learning support – What can you do to support student success during the lecture session?
  • Activities – How you leverage technology to align with the activity goals? Do you even need technology?
  • Review Sessions – Will you devote dedicated time for review?
  • Question and Answer – How can students ask their questions?





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