GoSync – An introduction of the concurrent learning/teaching model for online education

ID: 51450 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Feng Liu, Mercer University, United States

E-learning exists in multiple formats, such as the asynchronous and the synchronous format A recent survey report from (Quality Matters and Eduventures, 2017) shows that the asynchronous delivery and the Learning Management Systems (LMS) still dominate as online programs (Schaffhauser, 2017) When we make a decision on what format to adopt for an online classroom, we need to consider who our audience is, whether they are: K-12 students, college students with traditional or non-traditional learners We need to consider what the students’ roles are in the society and their learning behaviors; Our decision also needs to depend on what subject the student studies in In this paper, we will use a case study implementing a concurrent learning/teaching model (CLTM), which means online and in-class students are in a class at the same time, to introduce a concept of CLTM We will explain how the CLTM format helps in mimicking the “in-class” experience and delivering the same or better quality learning experience for adult learners participating in a course in the technology domain The end of course survey data shows that 60-73% of participating students favor the concurrent learning/teaching model versus in-class study or the asynchronous online learning format We will share the challenges we faced while we developed the CLTM model and the future plans In our talk, we will end with an open discussion of what is the best format for your students’ engagement in an online class

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