For my synchronous session I chose Google hangout. I have used Blackboard Collaborate for my Chicago City College courses (with varying amounts of success).
I think Google hangouts would be excellent for online office hours and small student projects.
This is an assignment I used to do in my MWF Face to Face class (see below). I think a Google hangout would be perfect way for me to introduce this assignment into my online course and my current one day a week course. My Thursday night course consists of commuters so practicing together in a group would be a problem. The problem could easily be solved with a closed hangout group –me included of course.
- Once we got to the Classical period, students were put into groups of 5 or 6
- Each group was given a musical form (theme and variations, rondo, strophic, or verse chorus)
- They were required to make instruments from materials they found or bought—no ‘real’ instruments allowed.
- They had to create a specified number of measures.
- If there were students in the class that played instruments and usually there were (MTSU has over 350 in their marching band), I would put one musician in each group.
- They were given a month to complete this project—meanwhile we studied musical forms and listened to classical music in class.
- They would then perform for the class.
The students had a great time and actually had a better understanding of form.