The online world can seem very isolated to students. Synchronous sessions enables students to feel connected. During synchronous sessions students are able to interact with their teacher and peers in real time using the chat box, using the microphone on their computer or even writing on the virtual whiteboard.
Synchronous sessions develop a sense of community or can help to explain or enhance coursework. The debate on how to effectively use synchronous sessions continues. Some teachers believe that having an open office is sufficient since the coursework is already laid out with videos while others propose mini-lessons to make the sessions worth while and increase attendance.
To have a great synchronous session the best advice is to plan sessions that are concise, arrive early, have a back up plan in case you loose internet connection and remember to facilitate interaction.