Teaching Online: Balancing Synchronous & Asynchronous Teaching


This OER presents the benefits and challenges from both asynchronous and synchronous teaching ; while the OER also presents some practice implications for educators to consider.

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

In a synchronous (real-time) teaching context, a lecturer can use lecture capture/lecturecast software (e.g. Panopto),video conferencing tools (e.g. Collaborate Ultra/Zoom), or text-based interfaces (e.g. chat functions) to interact with students in real-time. Asynchronous teaching might involve students engaging with short lecture captures (e.g.Panopto), webinar recordings, and/or collaborating with time delays in discussions via forums, blogs, wikis which are moderated and facilitated by the lecturer.

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This is a short introduction to ChatGPT for people teaching in higher education, created in January 2023 and updated until this version was saved in February 2023. The resource is a slide deck which you are free to modify and update (since this is a fast-moving topic). No prior knowledge of AI or chatbots is necessary to use the slides.

The Irish Journal of Academic Practice (IJAP) is published online once annually at Technological University Dublin. IJAP is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes scholarly and practice-based articles, case studies, opinion & reflective pieces and reviews relating to learning, teaching, assessment and technology within higher education.

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URL: https://www.tcd.ie/CAPSL/Assets/pdf/Academic%20Practice%20Resources/Balancing-synch-asynch-teaching.pdf