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TA Chat: Keeping Students Interacting Asynchronously
Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Facilitators: Lisa Jong, Instructional Consultant
Location: Online (link will be emailed to registrants)
Are your asynchronous* discussions in Canvas getting stale? Are students not interacting with each other as much or as deeply as they used to at the start of the semester? Join us for this TA Chat! Together, we’ll share tips and tricks that encourage meaningful interactions in asynchronous learning environments. This is not a workshop, but rather a collaborative space for current teaching assistants to share resources, challenges, and successes. (And if you’re not currently teaching, you are more than welcome to join the conversation!)
* In an asynchronous online class, students work on their own schedule, either independently or collaboratively (but possibly at different times). Asynchronous discussion structures include contributing to online discussion boards, Q&A forums, and collaborative documents or whiteboarding tools.
In a synchronous online class, on the other hand, participants (and often the instructor) interact using a virtual platform at a specific time. Structures include using breakout rooms, small or whole group collaborative documents or whiteboarding tools. If you are teaching in this environment (or would like some strategies for doing so in the future) check out our other TA Chat: Maintaining Momentum in the Synchronous Classroom (linked here) on March 24.