Using Asynchronous Video to Stay Connected While Apart
Abstract: Too often students can feel isolated while physically separated from their instructor and peers in online courses. While community can be formed using text, it can be time-consuming and difficult when visual communication cues are absent. Some courses rely on synchronous video communication using popular tools such as Zoom. However, synchronous video calls can remove the flexibility in time that many students require and can be prone to technical difficulties and student distraction. Asynchronous video communication (video messaging) can combine the convenience of text with the fidelity of video calls and can be a fexibilble but effecient way to form online learning communities. In our presentation we will share practical strategies for using asynchronous video communication to quickly form a sense of community with students. Specifically we will share (a) available asynchronous video communication tools, (b) communication strategies that help to establish a sense of social presence online, and (c) example learning activities that you can incorporate into your courses. Dr. Leanna Archambault is an Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Her research areas include teacher preparation for K-12 online and blended classrooms, the use of innovative technologies to improve learning outcomes, and sustainability literacy for preservice and inservice teachers. Archambault serves the SITE's IT Council Chair and together with Dr. Jered Borup, she is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Online Learning Research, AACE's open access journal focused on publishing research related to K-12 online and blended learning. Prior to entering the field of teacher education, she taught middle school English/language arts in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Jered Borup is an Associate Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies at George Mason University. In his current position, he teaches courses in the Learning Technology in Schools program that focus on improving teacher practices in online and blended learning environments. Previous to earning his Ph.D. at Brigham Young University, Jered taught history at a junior high school for six years. He has also taught online and blended courses since 2008. His research focuses on online and blended learning support structures in K-12 and higher education. He and his co-authors (including Leanna Archambault) recently published the free book, K-12 Blended Teaching: A guide to Personalized Learning and Online Integration.