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Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning


Synchronous Learning

Synchronous learning is any type of learning that takes place in real time where a group of students are engaging in learning simultaneously through live instruction and interaction. 

  • Most resembles a real classroom
  • Learners can ask questions and receive feedback simultaneously
  • Allows for collaboration between students
  • Teachers can provide immediate feedback, assessment, and make adjustments as needed

Asynchronous Learning

Asynchronous learning occurs separately without real-time interaction.

  • Directly aligned to live learning and instruction
  • Feedback and opportunities for questions come later
  • Students can absorb content at their own pace
  • Provides opportunities for students to develop questions and reflections on learning
  • Allows for more flexibility in scheduling

A robust distance learning plan will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.