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Asynchronous versus Synchronous Online Learning

There are basically two forms of communication in the online classroom, asynchronous and synchronous. An asynchronous environment allows teacher and student to post within their own time schedules. They do not need to be online at the same time to communicate in this manner. For example, the teacher may post something for the student in the morning, and the student may read the information later that afternoon. We often see this type of communication through the use of an online classroom forum, email, or even via telephone texting.

Synchronous communication is where both the educator and student arecommunicating in real time. For example, regardless of location, both student and teacher are engaged simultaneously in the communication. We often see this type of communication through telephone contact or instant messaging.

Ideally, a good online program will be more of a blended format where both asynchronous and synchronous methods of communication are used as needs dictate.

Christine Craig

Educations Directly Responsible Individual

On The Land of Math

It is a beautiful day outside.The temperature is in the mid 80’s; it’s sunny, low humidity, peaceful with a light breeze.Most people would probably agree that this sounds like a very pleasant day.

Most of us could agree on the key factors that make up a beautiful day, but there would be a lot of debate on how to assign a value to each.

It is impossible to assign a value to every element that makes up a beautiful day.Each part of the day is important and relies on the other elements to make up the day.If just one of these elements is off (no sunshine, high humidity, etc.) the quality of the day suffers.

As silly as it is to say that a light breeze makes up 10% of a great day it’s equally silly to give different teachers a percent of a student’s success or failure.

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