Live Sessions Creates a Unique Learning Experience for Online Education
While students have the opportunity to focus on coursework at their own time and around their busy schedule, American University’s School of Education also values the classroom experience. When a student enters one of AU’s online masters’ programs, they can expect to be part of weekly live sessions (synchronous coursework), which take place in the Zoom platform. As with any course that meets regularly, dates and times of live sessions are shared with students as early as possible to ensure they can attend. These sessions are highly interactive and, therefore, also an important and enjoyable part of the curriculum and instructional preparation.
Live sessions are approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes in length, and they use a flipped classroom approach, focusing on the application of knowledge and skills gained during the asynchronous course components, discussions, and case follow-ups.
Our faculty uses a portion of these sessions to answer questions and clarify confusing or difficult concepts, but the bulk of this time is spent on student-centered activities. During this synchronous time, our graduate students participate in group discussions, breakout sessions, class presentations, debates, and other active learning experiences. Plus, students will have a chance to get to know and engage with faculty and fellow students in the learning experience, first through video introductions and ongoing with familiar social tools like messaging, chat, and notifications. Our learning environment puts the student first.