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Virtual Office Hours: Improving an Asynchronous Course

Virtual Office Hours: Improving an Asynchronous Course
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Author(s): Beatrice Gibbons-Kunka (Robert Morris University, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 21
Source title: Handbook of Research on Diverse Teaching Strategies for the Technology-Rich Classroom
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lawrence A. Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA) and David D. Carbonara (Duquesne University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0238-9.ch004


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The notion of synchronous office hours in an asynchronous course seems counterintuitive. After all, one of the tenets of asynchronous education is to not require students to be online and participating at any time during the course. Having taught higher education online asynchronous courses for 20 years, the researcher experimented with online synchronous office hours as a means of making a connection with her online doctoral students. This chapter outlines the challenges, benefits, and best practices of incorporating a synchronous element into an otherwise purely asynchronous environment. Additionally, it offers strategies to enhance communication between students and the professor, as well as developing a community of learners in the asynchronous classroom.

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