Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

It has been described that technology in distance education is divided between two groups; synchronous and asynchronous. Divided may be too strong of a word because it implies it has to be either one or the other. Is there a reason why distance learning cannot include both synchronous and asynchronous teaching techniques? Why does an institution have to face a decision of going with one set of technologies over another? Both have their advantages and can be used in combination with each other. The technologies can be found to be very good compliments and the best solution includes both solutions. Immediate response has no proof of being more advantageous than reflective thought; the same goes the other way around. It is not about having to choose one or the other from an overall standpoint, but it could be a situational decision instead. This not only can improve learning, but also save money and space.

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