Synchronous and Asynchronous
I always get these terms mixed up. It’s not so much the actual terms, more what they mean. We will of course need to consider these delivery modes as part of our design, but here we are, ready to deliver. What do we need to ensure our Synchronous and Asynchronous learning solutions get to our learners?
Synchronous v Asynchronous
- Synchronous is real-time learning. Think classroom, webinars, face-to-face workshops or discussions, phone calls.
- Asynchronous is learning content that can be accessed at any time. Think Learning Management System, intranets, video.
Figure out what needs to be done in real-time. Obviously practical demonstrations, live forums for asking and answering questions, skill building sessions. You may find you start with the default of delivering everything asynchronously then use synchronous techniques sparingly.
Work placed platforms and Learning systems are now incorporating more functionality to allow discussions to take place asynchronously that the option of delivering synchronous sessions is becoming less and less of a requirement.