Exploring Synchronous and Asynchronous e-Learning and How to Decide on an Approach

Synchronous and asynchronous: two seemingly complicated words. So, what exactly do they mean and how can you decide on an approach that’s going to allow you to most effectively deliver training to employees?

First Things First: A Comparison

Synchronous learning is somewhat like instructor-led training within the e-Learning or virtual environment. With this learning approach, you’re still relying on a learning management system and an online delivery format, but there is an instructor present within the experience.

For synchronous employee training to take place, students and the instructor must “come to class” at the same time. Let’s say you have a global workforce and you want them all to participate in an instructor-led virtual training course. They would all agree to sign in to the learning management system at the same time, regardless of their location in the world.

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