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What is the difference between asynchronous and synchronous learning?

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Definition: In the world of online education, or distance learning, classes can be asynchronous or synchronous. What does it mean?

Asynchronous learning is considered more flexible than synchronous learning. The teaching takes place at one time and is preserved for the learner to participate whenever the time is most convenient for him or her. Technology such as email, e-courses, online forums, audio and video recordings make this possible. Even snail mail would be considered asynchronous. Fancy word for convenience. Which do you prefer? Synchronous or asynchronous learning? Take the poll.

Pronunciation: ā-sin-krə-nəs

Also Known As: non-concurrent, not parallel

Examples: I prefer asynchronous learning because it allows me to sit down at my computer in the middle of the night if I want to and listen to a lecture, then do my homework. My life is hectic and I need that flexibility.

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