Group Lessons

Just as individual lessons, group lessons can be offered in online format synchronously and asynchronously as well. See the tabs below to determine what works best for your situation. You can have a mix of both methods if needed.

Synchronous (live)
Teacher and students gather at the same time and interact in “real time” with a very short or “near-real time” exchange between the teacher and the group.

Advantages of Synchronous Group Lessons

1. Immediate personal engagement between all students and teacher(s), which may create greater feelings of community and lessen feelings of isolation.

2. More responsive exchanges between students and teachers, which may prevent miscommunication or misunderstanding

3. Comes close to normal face-to-face teaching


Disadvantages of Synchronous Group Teaching

1. More challenging to schedule shared times for all students and teachings. This is especially the case with Microsoft Teams at the moment since it doesn't have the calendar function yet.

2. Some students may face technical challenges or difficulties if they do not have fast or powerful Wi-Fi networks accessible or equipment (laptop, webcam, etc.). For the latter you can find useful information under Hardware

3. It takes some time to learn the mechanics certain E-Learning Tools that support this.

Suitable E-learning Tools for Synchronous Group Lessons

Group lessons can be offered online with the following apps and teachers are advised to use the originally planned schedule in ASIMUT:

* Please note that these apps are not fully supported by the E-Learning and IT department.

Asynchronous

Asynchronous means that teachers prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access. Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and will interact with each over a longer period of time.

Advantages of Asynchronous Group Lessons:

1. Higher levels of temporal flexibility, which may simultaneously make the learning experiences more accessible to different students and also make an archive of past materials accessible.

2. Increased cognitive engagement since students will have more time to engage with and explore the course material.

3. Video's can be shared by teachers to substitute and/or enhance synchronous group lessons. This might be less stressful than synchronous group lessons.

4. Students can be divided into seperate groups and work on projects together.

Disadvantages of Asynchronous Group Lessons

1. Students may feel less personally exchanged and less satisfied, motivated without the social interaction between their peers and teachers.

2. Course material may be misunderstood or have the potential to be misconstrued without the real-time interaction.

Suitable E-learning Tools for Asynchronous Group Lessons:

Group lessons can be offered online with the following apps and teachers are advised to use the originally planned schedule in ASIMUT:

* Please note that these apps are not fully supported by the E-Learning and IT department.