Saturday, February 21, 2015

1.1.1 Delineating Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Content

 The main difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning is that synchronous learning implies a real-time, instructor-led, online learning event in which all of the participants are logged on at the same time and have the ability to communicate with each other. Some synchronous tools that are commonly used are telephone and Skype conversations, instant or chat messaging, virtual classrooms, and video conferencing.

On the other hand, in an asynchronous learning environment the instructor provides the materials and assignments for the online class and students complete them during a time frame. The online learning resources used to support asynchronous learning include email, electronic mailing lists, threaded conferencing systems, online discussion boards, wikis, and blogs.

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