As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, synchronous and asynchronous training has become increasingly popular in the past few months, with the need of shifting traditional classroom lessons into digital platforms.
However, a majority of potential users find themselves unaware of the differences between synchronous and asynchronous learning. As with all new digital phenomena, many educators are foreign to the digital world of teaching – and with so many scenarios in 2020, feeling overwhelmed by the latest tech is not rare.
Firstly, we need to get familiar with the two terms: Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning.
Synchronous Training is the real-time learning experience based on fixed scheduling, in which teachers and students communicate in the same online environment, such as a web conference. A live section allows for interactivity, active discussion, as well as immediate feedback from peers and instructors. By participating in any live webinar, video conferencing, virtual classroom or instant messaging, you have adopted synchronous training.
On the other hand, Asynchronous Training is the offline learning experience based on the learner’s individual schedule, in which teachers and students are not engaged in the training in real-time. This happens when the instructor provides studying material and assignments in the form of pre-recorded videos, virtual libraries and on-demand online exams that students may access any time. Asynchronous training brings considerable advantages in terms of flexibility, travel and material cost reduction, and instruction scaling, reaching thousands of learners at once.
Likewise, both practises involve some cons – from rigid scheduling, poor internet connection, to faulty hardware (constantly dead batteries) in synchronous training – to limited peer-to-peer engagement for asynchronous learning.
At this point, the obvious question is: Which strategy works best for my language school?
The two forms of learning respond to different needs. So, the choice depends strictly on learning objectives, the type of course content you’re looking to create, how training is delivered, as well as availability from students. However, here’s what’s revolutionary about online: you don’t have to choose just one way of doing it.
The combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning has already become a winning formula – offering live classes with self-paced assignments, or balancing pre-taped lectures with real-time follow ups. Consequently, students benefit from the advantages of both the methodologies, while your school increases customers and as such – revenue.
But how does one get the best of both worlds? Choose the correct eLearning platform for you.
At Edugo.AI, we help language and international schools meet the needs of each student by creating a platform specified to language-learning. Not only does it support all the typical tools needed to run online classes (i.e. synchronous training), but also allows for the creation of remote courses, hence, asynchronous training – all within the same platform.
By operating within a single digital environment, you easily combine these two training practises – selling packages with both live classes with your school’s teachers on-hand, as well as offline content uploaded onto the platform. As result, your students receive a maximised learning experience, who can now take full advantage of both modes without the cons – all this while entering the new market of digital learning utilizing highly competitive solutions.
Moreover, Edugo.AI’s system leverages Artificial Intelligence in automated creation of interactive exercises, customised for each student on the basis of previous live lessons within a course. Our tech has been established in enhancing student engagement and enthusiasm, as well as helping teachers establish lesson groundwork.
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