Teaching in ASU Sync
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To support ASU’s continued efforts to improve learning for all students, UTO, EdPlus, and colleges and schools across the university are collaborating under the leadership of the Office of the University Provost to provide instructors with personalized professional learning opportunities to enhance remote teaching through ASU Sync.

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24/7 support from the ASU Experience Center

The ASU Experience Center is open 24/7, 365 days a year. If you have questions or need support, get in touch now.

Teaching Experience Conversation Series

Student engagement with new technologies

Wednesday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m.

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Active learning strategies for Sync

Thursday, February 4 at 1:00 p.m.

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Enabling learning in small groups

Wednesday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m.

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Equity in the virtual classroom

Thursday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.

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Types of Sync Classrooms

For faculty teaching in classrooms this fall semester, there are three types of classroom configurations outfitted with technology for teaching ASU Sync via Zoom. You can look up what kind of configuration your classrooms will have by searching the Zoom Capabilities document. 

The following technologies are available in classrooms.

Type A - Zoom Enhanced Classroom

Two full high-definition (1080p) cameras featuring full pan, tilt, and zoom controls from a touch screen. One camera focused on the instructor, one focused on the student seating area. One-touch camera control presets for the lectern and whiteboard areas.

Complete room audio coverage with multiple intelligent, steerable microphone arrays (some consisting of 100 microphones within a 2’ diameter housing) to capture instructors and students. Larger classrooms will be equipped with additional wireless lavalier microphones to enhance audio quality.

Digital whiteboarding - A 24” touch display and stylus will provide a digital, writable surface that can be shared into Zoom for remote participants and in-room students to view simultaneously.

Type A - Zoom Enhanced step-by-step directions for faculty

A+ Classroom Directions

Type B - Zoom Equipped Classroom

One high-definition (1080p) camera featuring full pan, tilt, and zoom controls that is focused on the teaching area. One-touch camera preset to quickly refocus on the lectern. The camera can also be controlled by an assistant from in or outside the classroom.

Wireless instructor audio enabling the instructor to move throughout the classroom.

Type B - Zoom Equipped step-by-step directions for faculty

B+ Classroom Directions

Type C - Zoom Mobile Classroom

Mobile kit that includes the necessary equipment to stream a course via Zoom. Currently designed in two configurations:

Small-Medium Sized Classrooms:

High definition camera mounted on a tripod within the classroom. Student operators can quickly pan/zoom the camera to focus on the instructor or whiteboards. Wireless instructor microphone for teaching anywhere in the space.

Small Classrooms and Laboratory/Studio spaces:

iPad with professional directional microphone. Used by a student operator as handheld or mounted on a tripod.

Type C - Zoom Mobile step-by-step directions for faculty 

Sync OnDemand Training Modules

The following are a list of on-demand, self-paced Canvas training modules to support teaching in Sync. These are the same modules that were in the two-week Sync Workshop but they have been divided to make the information more accessible in the on-demand format.

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ASU Sync Active Learning

In this module, you will learn effective active learning strategies in a digitally enhanced classroom that provides both a sense of community and the benefits of the synchronicity that comes with being in the same learning space at the same time. Quick Tips Module Summary

Enroll here

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ASU Sync Assessment

In this module, you will consider assessment strategies that optimize the achievement of learning outcomes and learn how to create better tests, and how to decrease the likelihood of cheating by using test building strategies and remote proctoring. Quick Tips Module Summary

Enroll here

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ASU Sync Classroom Management

In this module, you will explore strategies, technologies, and logistics for managing the Sync classroom to strategically balance both remote and in-person participation. Quick Tips Module Summary

Enroll here

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ASU Sync Course Planning

In this module, you will decide which components of your course will be delivered in Canvas and which will be taking place in real-time to make it clear to students what is happening, when it's happening, and where it's happening. Quick Tips Module Summary

Enroll here

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ASU Sync Creating Materials

In this module, you will take a holistic look at learning materials and their delivery: the readings, videos, and other pieces of content that teach students what they need to know in order to complete the assessment successfully. Quick Tips Module Summary
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Enroll here

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ASU Sync Learner-Centered

In this module, you will engage with materials that may help you begin to frame the task at hand: helping all of your students -- including nontraditional, international, and differently-abled learners -- succeed in a digitally-enhanced modality. Quick Tips Module Summary

Enroll here

Sync training and webinars

Several units across ASU offer training and webinars. These topics include:

Teaching and Learning

  • Sync teaching strategies
  • Accessibility
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • International student support
  • Active learning
  • Managing high-enrollment courses
  • Assessing remotely
  • Instructor presence
  • Building community
  • Course design
  • Teaching and the ASU Library

Technology Training

  • Zoom
  • Canvas
  • Slack
  • Google for Education
  • Yellowdig
  • Proctoring
  • Blackboard Ally for accessibility
  • Screencast-O-Matic
  • MediaAMP

Sync Engaged

This 60-minute webinar offers strategies for how to engage your students in a Sync format course. Topics that will be covered include: 

  • Strategies to keep student engaged no matter where they are
  • Tools to assess if students are learning
  • How to set students up for success before the semester begins

NOTE: This webinar introduces Sync engagement strategies and connects you with additional training and resources for the spring. It does not provide technical specifics involved with all courses.

Schedule
December 10th 2pm - Registration
December 15th 11 am - Registration
January 7th 2pm - Registration


Sync Essentials

This 60-minute webinar offers an overview of Sync essentials and introduces you to a series of self-paced modules and additional training opportunities, that provide ideas and resources for successful teaching and learning this Spring. 

  • Sync Classroom Technology Overview (Zoom in the classroom)
  • Getting started with the Digital Backpack (Zoom, Slack, G-Suite, Dropbox)
  • Student communication strategies (classroom management, student success)
  • Introduction to new Learning technologies (Voicethread, Playposit, Yellowdig)
  • Teaching and learning resources (active learning, redesigning assessment, and material selection)

NOTE: This webinar introduces the essential elements of Sync and connects you with additional training and resources for the spring. It does not provide technical specifics involved with all courses.

Schedule
December 8th 11am - Registration
December 17th 2pm - Registration
January 5th 11 am - Registration

View the full list of topics, dates, times and registration instructions for these webinars by clicking on the events listed in the ASU Teaching and Learning Workshops and Training Sessions calendar.

Individualized Faculty Support

Learning Experience Designers will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to meet with faculty one-on-one to assist with any questions related to course design, how to use technology tools for teaching and how to adapt course(s) to Sync.

Click here to reserve a time.

NOTE: These individualized meetings are not for technical issues or assistance. The ASU Experience Center is open 24/7, 365 days a year for technical support. Get in touch now.

Plan your class with tools and templates.

The ASU instructional design community has created a set of vetted resources as an essential toolkit for quality online course development and delivery. 

ASU Sync Toolkit

The ASU Sync Toolkit addresses common questions that arise in the transition to online, synchronous teaching, including communications to students, learning design and student assessment.

View the toolkit

Teach Online

Teach Online is a curated set of resources from ASU Online that includes actionable steps and an overall strategy to the rapid development of online course materials, activities and assessments.

View resources

Sync Syllabus example

This is a general syllabus example for ASU Sync courses. Make sure to include any college, unit, or course-specific information to ensure your syllabus is in compliance with the expectations of your college.

Sync Syllabus example

Sync Quick Start Guides

This Sync Checklist is a rapid way to make sure you're ready to teach a Sync class. Use this checklist to go through the steps to be ready for the new semester!
The Sync Classroom Technology document will guide you through the Sync classroom technology resources that are available to you. Review the resources to learn more about your Sync classroom.

Designing in Canvas?

This on-demand, self-directed course gives a basic introduction to Canvas, including how to build a course and how to use Canvas with your students.  

We have created a basic template for your Canvas course that will automatically add resources for your students and links to Sync teaching resources for you. It is available in the ASU Canvas Commons if you are already logged in to Canvas or by searching “ASU Sync Course Template.” Directions for how to add the Sync Course Template to your Canvas course.

Teaching Commons

This Canvas-based resource is a collection of teaching materials from across all the colleges and administrative units. It shares teaching and learning best practices and innovations so that faculty can benefit from work created across the university. Topics include teacher-student interactions, designing assessments and conducting class discussions.

How to teach in ASU Sync.

ASU leverages tools like Zoom, Slack and Canvas to bring everyone together. The goal is for the experience to shine and the technology to be seamless.


Host your classes in Zoom.

Access and launch Zoom directly from My ASU. Click on your personal Zoom meeting link and then enter your ASURITE UserID. For more information, view the Zoom guide for faculty and best practices for Zoom classroom management.
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Launch discussions and collaborative work in Slack.

Slack is ASU’s collaboration hub that enables real-time communication and connection in a searchable platform for learning, messaging and content sharing. Every course at ASU can have its own dedicated Slack workspace in the ASU Community. Instructors can request course workspaces here. View the Slack 101 guide to get started.


Share learning materials and collect assessments in Canvas.

ASU's Canvas learning management system makes it easy to host recorded lectures and facilitate instruction remotely, including course announcements, assignments, discussions, quizzes and exams, and grading.