Delineating Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Content
As distance education evolves, the types of online instruction vary from institution to institution and class to class. Whereas in some programs, students assess their content through discussion boards and emails and in others learning is taking place in real time with the usage of chats and mediums such as GoToMeeting. However, both types of instruction is valuable to the cultivate an authentic learning experience for the learner. In a synchronous learning students are encourage to collaborate and interact with material that is often limited in a asynchronous course. Although students are interacting this type of collaboration can be limited when students live in different time zones or their access is limited. In higher education setting, most students enjoy the flexibility of online learning because they are able to participate at the best time for them and can also promote more thoughtful responses. Both types of sessions can encourage forms of collaboration due to programs like Google Hangout and Docs which allows individuals to work collectively without being in the same time zone or room. In the future, we will see an increase in blended classrooms as well as tutoring sessions because of accessibility. With the opportunities to record and store, synchronous sessions individuals will be able to review and remediate at their own place which a valuable aspect of online learning.