Most of my online classes will feature a live, online, interactive class session. That’s when I sit down at my computer, and you sit at yours, while I share my screen so you can see everything on my computer.
The great thing about the live classes is that you can ask all of the questions you want in real time. That goes a long way toward helping everyone understand the course better. If you’ve got a good question, someone else is probably wondering the same thing. Chances are that someone else will ask a question that hadn’t even occurred to you.
There are two ways of asking questions during a live class. You can ask in person by using your computer’s microphone. That’s the easiest because then it’s just like any other voice conversation. I can answer your question, but then also ask you about your pony, and help put the answer in the context of your situation.
The second way is through a chat window. I’ll have a friend moderating during the class, and she can ask your question for you. Either way, you get a little more out of the class than just listening to me talk.