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Synchronous vs Asynchronous

Synchronous Learning

Asynchronous Learning

Synchronous learning is any type of learning that takes place in real-time, where a group of people are engaging in learning simultaneously. Although learning occurs at the same time, learners don’t have to be there in person or at the same location. Synchronous learning enables learners to ask questions and receive answers on-the-spot, while also collaborating freely with their co-learners. Ideas and opinions can be promptly shared with fellow learners. If learners are having trouble with any of the course content, they are able to ask questions and get instantaneous answers. Real-time engagement with other learners that allows for group activities, community building, and the exchange of ideas. Real-time engagement with teacher that allows for immediate feedback, support and answers to questions, and strong relationships. ● ● ● Benefits: ●

Asynchronous learning is more learner-centered. It enables your learners to complete courses without the constraints of having to be in a certain place at a certain time. In essence, asynchronous learning doesn’t hinder learners by place or time. As long as they have access to the internet, asynchronous learners have the freedom to complete course materials whenever they choose, and from any location. Offers flexibility and allows learners to progress at their own pace and access their course at any time they choose and form any place. Learners can engage in courses regardless of their location. Learners have more time to reflect on the material they are learning, which means they may be more likely to understand it more thoroughly. ● ● Contacting an educator may be limited, and answers to queries cannot be given instantly. The lack of interaction with educators and fellow learners leaves some individuals feeling isolated, leading to a lack of motivation and engagement in courses. The learning is learner-centered, and those taking courses in this way need self-discipline and focus to be successful in completing the required course work. ● ● Benefits: ● Considerations: ●


Students have to be in-person and/or online at a certain time - therefore expecting students to adhere to a specific schedule. Some learners may feel they're not receiving the individual attention they need.

The graphic on the next page provides synchronous and asynchronous examples in the physical classroom as well as the online/virtual classroom. In both situations, Canvas is an important element in supporting the type of instruction/learning that takes place.

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