What is Asynchronous Learning? Plus the Pros and Cons

What is Asynchronous learning? As a learning professional, I’m sure the question has crossed your mind since the rapid increase in remote and hybrid workforces. In our current digital lives, synchronous, face-to-face learning is no longer the default way we engage with our learners. Sure, you can jump on a Zoom and replicate your face-to-face training over a screen, but how effective is that, really? And if you’re interested in incorporating more creative or innovative teaching methods, where should you start? Asynchronous learning is worth some consideration.

What is asynchronous learning?

“Asynchronous” means that objects or events are not happening at the same time. In terms of our technological world, this also means that people can participate in the same experience but at different times. So what does it mean when we apply “asynchronous” to learning opportunities? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like:  Asynchronous learning is when people are learning the same things but at different times.

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