At this point, classes will be scheduled using the University’s standard (non-COVID) modes of instruction. Visit the Instructional Modes page to learn more about the fall 2021 plans and find related frequently asked questions.
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In the remote synchronous instructional mode, students and faculty meet virtually and simultaneously during scheduled meeting times using communication and collaboration tools.
Place: Room is not assigned. Communication and collaboration tools provided (Zoom).
Time: Days and times are assigned.
LionPATH Code: CR – COVID Remote
Webinars and On-Demand Videos
Webinars and videos designed to provide critical information to faculty and staff about the remote synchronous instructional mode.
Recommendations for engaging students when teaching in a remote synchronous environment are presented by the Harrisburg Center for Teaching Excellence and the College of IST’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
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Why It Works
- students maintain a sense of community with their classmates and instructor
- addresses current and future COVID-19 physical distancing concerns
- allows for real-time interactions and community building
faculty and returning students are familiar with this model after the spring 2020 semester
- synchronous sessions could be recorded to be used for review and to assist with learning/studying for students who are ill
- in the event of occasional and/or temporary absence, students will follow the attendance policy of the University, with some flexibility
Policies, Guidelines, and Documents
Frequently Asked Questions
Review the following frequently asked questions about remote synchronous instruction. For additional information, read all frequently asked questions.
Resources for Enhancing Your Teaching
The following instructional resources have been curated by educational developers and instructional designers and reviewed by faculty throughout the University. They are offered in the spirit of support for instructors who need to learn teaching in new modalities or who want to enhance their teaching effectiveness in familiar modalities.
These resources are for faculty who prefer to learn on their own, with a “give me the information and I’ll apply what works for me” approach.
- Teaching Guide for Faculty for Remote Synchronous Instruction
- Zoom Questioning Strategies to Increase Engagement
- Remote Teaching and Assessment Strategies
- What Is Learning Design?
- Faculty to Faculty: What Works in Remote Teaching
These resources are for those who prefer to talk with colleagues or someone with expertise in learning or course design.
- Schedule a Consultation
- Tech Tutors and Tech TAs
- Engaging Students Series: Blending Asynchronous and Synchronous Teaching
- Talk with a University Librarian
- Faculty Instructional Consultants
“Explore Links and the Web” Resources
These resources are for instructors who prefer to do their own web research, exploring links and making conceptual and practical connections.
- Penn State Weblearning @ Penn State – Templates, Tools, and Resources
- Finding Open Educational Resources (OER)
- Open at Penn State
- Remote Resources for Penn State Library Users
- Accessibility at Penn State
- Best Practices for Teaching via Videoconferencing at Penn State
- What do you want to do in class?
“Do a Deeper Dive” Resources
These resources are for those who prefer a directed and structured learning experience, either self-guided and/or instructor-led.
- LinkedIn Learning