Instructor Development

Fall 2020 instructional considerations

Teaching in ASU Sync provides challenges and opportunities. The recorded session below includes suggestions related to developing community and engaging students while teaching in this environment. In particular, the focus is instructors who will be remote while students will be attending class in mixed modalities: in-person and remote. Topics in the session, however, are relevant for all Sync experiences.

Learning session agendas and other resources for ASU Sync

The links below include topical considerations for you and your students as you adapt to teaching and learning in ASU Sync. Each link includes a detailed agenda with suggestions and supporting links.

  • Fall 2020 logistic considerations Q&A provides information about teaching via ASU Sync this fall and an opportunity to ask logistical questions about your classes. 
  • Leveraging Zoom for instruction provides an opportunity to learn about and practice using Zoom features specific to teaching, including use of breakout rooms and the whiteboard, and managing student participation. The session will include a draft of a communication plan to share with students about Zoom expectations. 
  • Centering instruction in Canvas focuses on making your course shell the starting point for you and your students. Placing all resources in Canvas will ensure students will have access to all learning materials whether attending class in-person, via ASU Sync, or asynchronously. Topics will include organization, communication, and taking advantage of helpful Canvas features.
  • Creating and implementing a community-building plan focuses on strategies to develop relationships among students by leveraging technology to bring them together. Topics will include cooperative learning, integrating Slack or “outside class” spaces, and involving and relationship-building.
  • Engaging students in ASU Sync focuses on providing multiple engagement opportunities for students through synchronous strategies that utilize technology such as Zoom, Google Suite, Pear Deck, Yellowdig, and Playposit. Considerations for asynchronous students who are unable to attend synchronous sessions will also be part of the session. You will also learn about cooperative learning and discussion options based in technology.
  • Supporting students in ASU Sync includes considerations related to student learning experiences. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities for students in this modality. Topics will include assessment options, personalized learning, student choice, equity, and accessibility.

Teaching with Technology fall 2019 update

This blog includes exciting technology updates for faculty members.

Professional development support materials

Includes supplemental videos and documentation for presented professional development topics.

Teacher educator technology competencies

The Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs) are a list of 12 competencies with criteria designed to support the professional development of teacher educators (see The TETCs help establish a vision for the role of an instructor within the technology infusion effort in our college. The TETCs support and encourage teacher educators to engage in ongoing professional development.

Reference for the TETCs: Foulger, T. S., Graziano, K. J., Schmidt-Crawford, D., & Slykhuis, D. A. (2017). Teacher educator technology competencies. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 25(4), 413-448.

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