Asynchronous merges Synchronous: the importance of a holistic approach in the online language classroom.
December 8, 2021
4 min read
1+1= 3 means that when there’s synergy, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, the components of a motor vehicle would have no value unless they are combined to create a car.
The same comes in education – particularly if we refer to synchronous and asynchronous training. The discussion around the two teaching and training modalities tends to be framed in terms of pros and cons, but many of the benefits provided by them are enhanced if combined.
The greatest result? A consistent learning experience.
Nowadays, language schools are more and more often adopting a hybrid system to deliver their courses, which allows for flexibility and accessibility. However, they deal with many different tools (from Zoom or Whereby - to mention a few- for synchronous training, to various LMS for asynchronous purposes) that do not communicate, thus implying not only slowdowns in the school’s management, but also – and especially- the lack of delivering a holistic learning experience to students.
The combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods helps language schools triggering “transformation”. In 2010 Ruben Puentedura elaborated a framework that shows how learning can be extended through the use of technology, identifying 4 tries of technology adoption into a classroom, i.e. Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition, that are presented in order of their sophistication and transformative power.
The first two stages (Substitution and Augmentation) represent enhancements of existing ways of teaching, as technology is not necessary to complete the learning tasks; Modification and Redefinition, on the other hand, represent transformational stages in terms of student experience, as the technology is actively helping to transform the way in which learning occurs*.
Why should a language school move towards transformation?
Because students are getting used to online learning, and are demanding for new tools and practices that could possibly improve the studying outcomes. With transformation, not only the students’ learning experience is enriched, but also the school itself gains a sustainable competitive advantage in the crowded and highly competitive world of (online) language education.
At Edugo.AI we’ve bridged synchronous and asynchronous training in a one-stop platform specific for language learning, that not only supports live video lessons as well as language content storage, creation, and monetization, but also put the two teaching methods in communication, thus triggering transformation in the pedagogical approach of language schools.
Our system leverages AI technology to automatically digitize any kind of language content you have (video, audio recording, text...) and convert it into gamified exercises – from speaking to listening, to vocabulary, reading and writing - which engage different parts of the brain, and gets students eager to practice. Learners can study at their own peace and teachers might use this kind of asynchronous material in flipped classrooms.
What’s more – thanks to our platform teachers have the power to bring the asynchronous lessons up to a live session with real time interaction – thus merging synchronous and asynchronous training. Educators now can share the interactive exercises previously generated around the language points they are teaching, while engaging with students and evaluating their performance live.
Another bridge between synchronous and asynchronous modalities happens right after the live class, when a complete review lesson is automatically generated by the unique power of Edugo.AI technology, which processes the content of the live interaction and generates customized and interactive material for each student.
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