Should I teach class synchronously (live) using Zoom?
Or asynchronously using GauchoCast?
Synchronous with Zoom: Best for office hours and small groups.
Pros: Allows teacher:student and student:student interaction. Students can ask questions and have them answered in real time. Video can be recorded for students who can't attend to watch later (click for sample language to alert students that session will be recorded as required by CA law).
Cons: Students without robust wireless, and those in different time zones, won't be able to join. Can be stressful for instructors to manage participants' microphones, screens and Chat questions.
Asynchronous with GauchoCast: Best for content delivery.
Pros: Allows students to watch when convenient. Instructor can break content into shorter segments (5-15 min) for easier recording and student engagement. Instructor can (lightly) edit videos for better viewing experience.
Cons: Instructor will need to create alternative modes of teacher: student and student:student interaction, using tools such as GauchoSpace forums and Nectir (like Slack, but FERPA compliant)