As we all know, the concept of eLearning is broadly classified into the following two groups:
Synchronous and Asynchronous eLearning. Both of these concepts have been found to help eLearning in its growth, expansion and evolution. Both of these learning styles of synchronous and asynchronous type have managed to include all sorts of students together and help them with their problems efficiently.
Asynchronous eLearning has helped students in serving the solution to general problems faced during real time training and learning sessions or classes. While Synchronous eLearning has helped in bringing out real time training sessions to increase communication amongst students and teachers, facilitated with the help of videoconferencing, webinars and chats, all thanks to the exponentially growing field of internet speed. It can’t be stated that any one of the two is better than the other. Both of these types serve different purposes, people and their preferences. Hence ultimately they tend to serve the learning and training lot by one way or the other.
Therefore, in this article we will learn about different styles of Asynchronous and Synchronous eLearning that have been adopted and implemented in the industry to serve us with all the benefits.
Different styles of Asynchronous and Synchronous eLearning
There are a number of benefits that come along with Asynchronous eLearning. It not only lets the learner to access the session all according to his or her convenience, but also lets him or her make the process of learning self paced. There are different styles that one can include in making Asynchronous eLearning more effective. Let us have a look at different Asynchronous eLearning styles to make any training and learning content more efficient:
- ENCOURAGING GROUP COLLABORATION: There is generally observed a lack of interaction between students and teacher in Asynchronous eLearning. And the solution of this problem can be served by encouraging group collaboration through any of the social media available. This will help in developing communication amongst teachers and students, therefore there will not be any void left to be filled. Incorporating different activities in that forum will help teachers track every student’s participation and growth over a period of time.
- PROMPTNESS IN EMAILING AND UPDATION: Since there is no real time interaction of students with their teacher in Asynchronous eLearning, the only source of communication between them, emailing, should be regular and prompt. It should be made clear to the students that there is a fixed timeline in the limit of which the teacher will respond. Also, the most important thing that should be kept in mind is that, all the links to communication should be updated consistently, with any minute changes brought up.
Students all over the world have been benefitted with Synchronous eLearning and its styles. It has helped in letting the teachers and students interact in real time to establish online training and learning sessions and classes through webinars, video conferencing and chats. Solutions to doubts of students are now being given at the same time, without any delay from one part of the world to another, all thanks to Synchronous eLearning and its application. Let us have a look at a couple of different Synchronous eLearning styles that can make difference in any training content delivery:
- INCORPORATION OF LINKS TO REFERENCES IN CONTENT: Presentation of content during a real time online training and learning class holds the greatest importance and should be paid more heed to. While giving examples and references, it should be made sure always that links to the same are put in the content too. This helps the students in referring to different sources to gain insights on a desired topic.
- A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS TO TRACK THEIR PROGRESS AND SYLLABUS: There should be a guide or a blueprint for students to have a rough idea of what they are studying and will study in future. Even after the completion of any Synchronous training and learning session, a guide to the same session should be provided to the students, which will them in its revision. These guides will eventually serve as the map to the whole course after its completion and will let the students study in a systematic manner.
These were just a few of the styles involved in Asynchronous and Synchronous eLearning. These learning styles have helped a lot in training different sets of people, and have helped all age groups of students in learning with innovative approaches. Involving these styles in any eLearning program will serve as the ultimate solution to all the problems faced by students as well as teachers.