Choosing between synchronous and asynchronous learning
While synchronous and asynchronous learning each have their advantages and drawbacks, the best approach for a given design project is based on multiple factors. Here are three:
* The students and their learning needs
* The type of content
* The time availability of your learners
* If you are training a group that consists of individuals who have significant professional experience, who require lots of interaction and “talk time,” and who prefer being around and working with their colleagues you may find a synchronous approach to work best, given a comparative familiarity with eLearning.
* The nature of the content is vital in determining the style of learning. Should your content be filled with complex ideas and technical terms that require much explaining or situational context, you may find asynchronous is not the right approach.
* When content is easy to digest or in reflection of a complex issue, asynchronous could be the right move.
* Finally, the availability of your learners as well as their access to the Internet are important in making a decision on your approach. If your audience is juggling training, work, and extra schooling they may not have the time to devote to completing training in one sitting. This is where asynchronous training really shines—freedom to complete at one’s own pace.
Both synchronous and asynchronous approaches to eLearning have their advantages and disadvantages. While one approach may be more effective than the other in a given situation, it is not to say it is best for all learning situations.
Think about each approach, and how your content and audience fit, to ensure you reach your