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Common Online Terms

Common Online Terms

Flipped Classroom

In a traditional classroom, students come to class to listen to a lecture, and then go home and try to apply the concepts by doing homework. In a flipped classroom, students listen to a pre-recorded lecture. Then when they come to class, they work with their classmates and professor in applying the concepts. The benefit of a flipped classroom is that students tend to come to class much better prepared, and then they have the expertise of the professor to assist with what is the more difficult but important part – being able to apply the concepts learned.

Asynchronous lectures and materials

Asynchronous simply refers to the materials that a student will cover on their own time. For an online course, this will generally involve a video of the professor’s lecture, but may also involve other interactive asynchronous tools. At Marshall, our faculty work with instructional designers who are experts in online education to determine which content works best asynchronously. Marshall’s professional production staff also work with faculty to create high-quality video or voice overs to make the recorded lecture content as engaging as possible.

Synchronous sessions

Synchronous sessions are when the entire class and the professor meet together to discuss the previously-delivered asynchronous content. One of the key benefits a student receives at Marshall is the interaction with Marshall’s renowned faculty. The synchronous sessions allow us to maintain this important relationship. With an online course, this synchronous session takes place online via Zoom or similar tools. With residential classes, this synchronous session would be held in the classroom.

Instructional Designers

Instructional designers are experts in how people learn. Marshall’s team of instructional designers have advanced degrees in all aspects of online and technology-enhanced learning. They work closely with our faculty to best translate their content to an online environment, as well as share best practices in online education across all of Marshall’s courses.