Answer: How does integrating synchronous learning sessions within the online environment assist in developing a learning community for students? Discuss this question at length in your blog.
Synchronous learning sessions give the students to engage socially during the lesson. It gives the teacher a change to directly instruct on any areas that he/she has deemed to need review or preview. Students have to be more attentive which may increase their engagement. This session gives the teacher a chance to coach and praise the students which will increase their confidence with content.
Artifact: Create an outline or lesson plan of a 30 minute synchronous session which you would facilitate. What activities would you include? What transitions are needed? How might you use the session as a formative assessment? How would your session a build learning community among your students?