There is a lot of lively discussion around synchronous and asynchronous learning in education at the moment. For a short summary on the differences and some key considerations, take a look at the short video included here.
When teaching online, it’s easy to fall into a trap of mirroring traditional classroom practice. This often takes the form of attempting to replicate contact hours and traditional lectures, tutorials or practicals by offering a series of live (synchronous) online sessions. But it’s important to ask yourself, is a synchronous session necessary? Why? What is the benefit to the student?
In asking these types of questions, it’s possible to reflect on the nature of your course learning outcomes and consider different online alternative approaches to teaching and learning that might work for you.
10 Essentials for Asynchronous Learning
In order to prioritise high-value interactions for face-to-face or live synchronous online sessions, it is important to design a variety of flexible online asynchronous activities, but where to start? Follow these top 10 essential tips to ensure your students can learn effectively at their own pace and in their own time and space. In addition, why not take a look at this infographic for a summary of ideas on different synchronous and asynchronous online activities that could work for you and your students.