Synchronous experiments require a different sequence than asynchronous ones. So it is a slightly more demanding procedure. But even in online teaching to groups of more than 100 hundred people, there was no problem with that. And the first time, the experiments were carried out smoothly.
Condition 1 Students must be on time for the scheduled session. Once the experiment has started, students will not be able to join it.
Condition 2 Students must be patient when logging in and then when they wait for the experiment to start.
To achieve this, the instructors must prepare instructions for students so they do not feel lost the first time – especially during online classes. A sample instruction for students is available at this link.
The tutor sent information in advance to the students about the date of the upcoming experiment. In this information, it must be emphasized that
- Don’t be late. Once the experiment has started, you will not be able to join it.
- The link to the experiment will be provided just before it starts. It will be in text form and as a QR code. It will be displayed on the screen or sent by chat in the case of online experiments.
- Precisely define the login method
We want to use a ready-to-use asynchronous experiment [as an example, please download the experiment AUCTIONS FORMATS v 0.85 [Example of a synchronous experiment]. After copying, we have the experiment menu available. We can also go from the platform’s main page to this menu.
Just before the class, you have to open a new essay session. And modify the session information. Insert the link and QR code into the instruction for students.
During the class or experimental research, the tutor displays the instruction and tells students to log in and wait for all participants. People who log in shouldn’t do anything else, only wait for the experiment to start.
The instructor is waiting for all participants and can use videoconferencing tools or an e-learning platform to help students log in. The information board controls the course of the experiment. The instructor can check whether they are logged in and remove inactive participants before the start if needed.
Inactive participants are marked in red.
The list shows the treatments in the experiment. You can choose which treatments you want to run. Click Start all or Start list if we want to run chosen treatments.
You can stop the session.
If someone delays the course of the experiment or disconnects, you can push the experiment to a new point (screen) and click the >> marker. You can also play like the delaying person by clicking on the name of the inactive person marked in red and opening the client panel.
Platform write results with a small delay wait until the end of the experiment. You can find the results by clicking the tab Results. Data can be uploaded for each treatment (preferred) or for the whole experiment as a csv file.
To be continued in detail later …