Synchronous online education occurs when the students and faculty member are in different locations geographically and interaction occurs simultaneously through the internet at scheduled times. In this study I investigated the phenomenon of using synchronous online classes blended with a face-to-face classroom to complete the freshman year of college. The essence of the experience emerged around the concept of ambiguity, specifically in regard to group membership, functionality of technology, and place. This understanding of ambiguity provides a framework upon which to design practices for engaging such distance students and best promoting their learning.
Olt, P.A. 2018. Virtually There: Distant Freshmen Blended in Classes through Synchronous Online Education. Innovative Higher Education 43(5). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-018-9437-z