Engaging Students in Real Time in a Hybrid Setting

Focus Area: Hybrid and Virtual Learning


Pathway: Understanding

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As educators are gaining more experience in hybrid and virtual learning environments, they are realizing how critical building relationships, having real-time communication, and engaging students live is for student success. Determining an appropriate schedule that allows for live instruction can create a positive learning culture for students in flexible learning spaces. Also, leveraging different formats of synchronous learning and designing effective instruction leads to more differentiated support and meaningful connection with students. 

Whether live classes are happening via video conferencing tools or in-person as part of a hybrid learning model, being intentional about how this time is spent will make it more engaging and impactful for students. In this Virtual Workshop, participants will:

  • Define the what, why, and how of synchronous learning and apply this to a framework called the Define-Explore-Build model to create structured, meaningful learning experiences in flexible spaces
  • Explore tips and strategies for making live learning more engaging and impactful and identify alternate synchronous formats for supporting student learning
  • Build a strategic lesson plan for a synchronous session using the DEB model and get feedback from peers in a collaborative space


This workshop is intended to support teachers and coaches in designing more structured, impactful synchronous learning time that supports all students and creates a space for accountability, engagement, and relationship building.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with a camera, microphone and Internet connection


I build productive synchronous learning spaces to drive student engagement.

Learning Experience


In this section, participants define the what, why, and how of synchronous learning and what benefits and challenges live learning brings. They brainstorm ideas for what synchronous learning could be through a collaborative Jamboard activity.


In this section, participants identify ways to mitigate some of the challenges that arise when creating real-time learning through simple tips and strategies. Examples, such as the live assessment tool Formative, are modeled for participants to experience ways to engage learners.


In this section, participants work in small groups to strategically plan how to enhance live learning sessions using the Define-Explore-Build model then share out their ideas in a gallery walk strategy. Participants will brainstorm ways to apply learning to different formats of synchronous learning including:

  • An office hour format
  • A ‘live lesson’ via video
  • Shared, real time interactions within tools
  • A conference call/coaching session