Whew! You did it! You managed to transition your Spring and/or Summer courses online. Along the way you had to quickly learn what synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning in an online environment looks and sounds like.
Now that you are on the “other side” and planning for fall, you are gearing up to make a choice again: synchronous or asynchronous? Before you do choose, I ask that you consider this question: Can I design my course to have both synchronous and asynchronous elements?
The answer, of course, is that you can and should! At this point you have probably figured out the advantages and disadvantages to both asynchronous and synchronous teaching. However, by designing your course to have both synchronous and asynchronous elements you can combat Zoom Fatigue, maintain flexibility for students, and create authentic moments with your students that have traditionally taken place in a face-to-face environment.
You have made it through the mad dash to online learning. Now is the time to refine instruction and think critically about how we can best present information to students to ensure their success.