Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning: What They Are and How They Work

Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning

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Online classes fall into asynchronous and synchronous methodologies. Each aligns with students’ interests, needs, personalities, and learning styles. 

Today we’ll talk about the differences between them and how to implement and use them properly for the benefit of all students.  

What is Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning?

Asynchronous classes offer students the flexibility to study in a self-paced manner, during different hours and locations. 

Asynchronous learning uses similar educational materials but differs in how students and instructors connect on their own schedules. Learners choose how much time they dedicate to each area.

In asynchronous online classrooms, forums and message boards are the go-to options. They feature notes, videos, audio files, and quizzes that teachers embed in the learning session. 

Asynchronous learning requires more independent self-motivation, proactiveness, and participation than the traditional academic path.

Synchronous learning, on the other hand, occurs in real-time, with students and instructors attending classes together from different locations. This is the most conventional learning dynamic.

In simple terms, synchronous virtual classrooms work pretty much the same as traditional classrooms, with discussions and fixed schedules, using the power of videoconferencing tools (Google Meet and Zoom, for example) or native communication features inside LMS.

Teachers tend to choose this learning path due to its instant feedback,  engagement capacity, and convenience. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning

Asynchronous ProsAsynchronous ConsSynchronous ProsSynchronous Cons
Schedule flexibilityLess immersiveGreater engagementSet schedules
Individually dictated paceChallenges with procrastinationImmediate responsesRequires strong internet connection
More democraticDisconnected social environmentDynamic learning opportunitiesRequires webcam and mic
More accessibleIndependent learning difficultiesDirect communication with teachersCan be hard to speak up
More time with the materialMore distractionsMore structure in classroomsNeeds a quiet space to log on

What is Meant by Virtual Classrooms?

Virtual classrooms require software and hardware

Virtual classrooms don’t only work like the IRL ones but provide real-time, seamless interaction in times when meeting in person isn’t possible. This technology has been around for a while but grew much more popular after the COVID 19 onset.

How Edular Facilitates Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning

Most educational institutions realized they must be as capable to operate online as they were offline. This doesn’t mean just teaching students online, but also maintaining a healthy two-way relationship with students and supporting them during their academic journey. Is your institution at that point yet? 

If it isn’t the solution is at hand. Edular is here to ease the transition.

Whether your school chooses the Asynchronous or Synchronous learning style, Edular will be the backbone for all of your institution’s operations. Learn more about our Student Relationship Management platform here.

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