Synchronous vs Asynchronous Learning
As you research the right online program for you, you may come across the terms asynchronous and synchronous learning. Synchronous learning occurs when students and instructors gather together in real-time. This can mean in-person instruction on campus, but it also can mean designated online meeting times. If the class is expected to be together regularly and at certain times for instruction, it’s synchronous learning. While asynchronous learning is done more at your own pace. Instructors will link to pre-recorded lectures or videos for students to watch when it works for them. This does NOT mean there are no deadlines or that you can get the work done whenever you want. Asynchronous classes still usually require that students get a certain amount of work done at a certain time; however, students can do the learning or view the instruction anytime and anywhere up to that date. In this guide, we will dig deep into what Synchronous Learning and Asynchronous Learning mean and identify the key differences.