Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Learning
Asynchronous learning occurs when students complete instruction at different times, based on their learning needs. Asynchronous learning allows students to have ownership over the pace of their learning. Examples of asynchronous learning opportunities include:
Asynchronous learning provides meaningful data that should be analyzed to determine instructional needs for live class sessions as well as inform educators to make up small group video conferencing sessions to support, scaffold, and stretch their learners.
Synchronous learning, in comparison, occurs when students are scheduled to complete instruction at a specific time. Synchronous learning provides the opportunity for students to interact with their instructor as well as their classmates. Synchronous learning is an opportune time to address deeper levels of knowledge based on instruction completed during independent, asynchronous learning opportunities. Examples of synchronous learning opportunities include:
Synchronous sessions are opportunities to recreate the face-to-face learning environment, foster connections between you and your students, support students' social-emotional needs, and encourage peer to peer relationships.