Training Matters


Vol. 9, No. 2 • February 2008

Synchonous and Asynchronous Online Learning

Synchronous online learning happens in real time and is facilitated by one or more instructors. This type of learning is often referred to as “live online” learning. All participants are logged on simultaneously and communicate directly with each other, either via microphone (or telephone conference line), via a shared “whiteboard,” by typing messages to each other (chat), or through some combination of these methods.

Asynchronous refers to a type of online learning in which the learner decides when to “log in” to the course and determines the pace of the coursework. Asynchronous courses do not occur in “real time” and can be totally self-paced without an instructor or they can be instructor-facilitated with timeframes identified for completion of the course.

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