Synchronous versus asynchronous learning

One of the primary decisions to be made in developing online learning programmes is the method of delivery, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. Synchronous learning takes place in a real-time environment, usually through an online classroom or webinar platform, such as Blackboard Collaborate. Asynchronous learning takes place at the convenience of the learner (and tutor) without the need for the group doing the same thing at the same time, usually through a Learning Management System, such as Moodle, or suite of online tools.

It seems like a logical progression to turn traditional classroom learning into online learning by simply replicating the experience through the use of an online classroom. However reliance on synchronous delivery has advantages but also many limitations and disadvantages.

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