Types of Virtual Learning
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The 3 Types of Virtual Learning

“Student experiences do not have to be limited to their devices.”

Before we look at designing lessons with technology in mind, let’s consider how we organize our virtual classroom.



Our approach to virtual learning may be defined by the needs of the larger community. When we are extended some flexibility, it is a good idea to first define our approach and then structure lessons accordingly.

  • Which form of virtual learning describe the approach you have taken in your own classroom?
  • What are the benefits of this approach?
  • What are the disadvantages you’ll address when lesson planning?


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Growing Engagement in Online Learning (Virtual, Asynchronous)

In the classroom, we understand the importance of attention and motivation in learning. When you are new to teaching online, gauging attention and driving motivation may be the first challenge you need to overcome. The minds behind the Canvas Learning Management System share strategies for achieving three primary goals: motivation, participation, and progression. These are strategies you can translate to any online learning platform.

View the Growing Engagement with Canvas infographic.

Everything You Need to Know About Building a Great Screencast

One of the most effective ways to move instruction online is to build screencast videos. This opportunity to deliver instruction asynchronously does require a fair amount of time and planning. Kareem Farah put together the following tips to help guide you through the process in the Cult of Pedagogy blog.

Engaging Students Remotely (Virtual, Synchronous)

Synchronous virtual learning has become synonymous with Zoom. Regardless of whether you are teaching with Zoom or another synchronous meeting tool, our lessons are driven by attention and engagement. If you are looking to explore new ways of livening up your synchronous class meetings, consider the strategies shared by the Hooked on Innovation blog.

25 Strategies to Engage Students on Your Next Zoom Meeting

Hybrid Learning

The hybrid flexible, or HyFlex, course format is an instructional approach that combines face-to-face and online learning. Each class session and learning activity is offered in-person, synchronously online, and asynchronously online. As Michael mentioned, this is difficult to do well. Director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University, Mike Caulfield, recommends that you start by asking the right question.

Watch Mike Caulfield answer, “How do we create an online experience that we can include face-to-face students in?”