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Asynchronous Versus Synchronous ELearning

Written By Donna Niemi Barrett

Asynchronous Versus Synchronous ELearning

Asynchronous versus synchronous eLearning: While the words may make your brain hurt trying to figure out what they mean, they are words worth knowing and understanding if you’re an educator or eLearning provider.

Synchronous learning is a lot like traditional classroom learning. A group of people assembling at a given time, for a given time, to learn and discuss a particular topic. It’s a social form of learning for us social animals and provides greater motivation for the learner to contribute. Meanwhile, asynchronous learning is using a media that is not instantaneous, such as e-mail or discussion boards. It’s more convenient for learners who can’t participate in a synchronous environment because of outside commitments, like family and work, but it’s also a great way to gain more in-depth knowledge on a subject because that learner has more time to comprehend the information before responding.

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