Why Choose One When You Can Have Both? Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching and Learning

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Instructors and students teaching and learning remotely can benefit from both synchronous and asynchronous methods.

  • Synchronous teaching and learning is when it happens at the same time. Communication is in real-time and can therefore be more engaging and effective when you’re together because it allows for instant feedback. Examples include: web conferencing, live chat, phone calls.
  • Asynchronous teaching and learning is when it happens at different times. Communication is not live and can therefore be more convenient and flexible because you can create materials in advanced and students can learn at their own pace. Students have time to reflect and build knowledge together. Examples include: discussion forums, recorded instructional videos, feedback/comments on Google Docs

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