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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?

Synchronous learning takes place when two or more people are communicating in real time. Sitting in a classroom, talking on the telephone, chatting via instant messaging are examples of synchronous communication. So is sitting in a classroom a world away from where the teacher is speaking via teleconferencing. Think "live."

Which do you prefer? Synchronous or asynchronous learning? Take the poll.

Pronunciation: sin-krə-nəs
Also Known As: concurrent, parallel, at the same time
Examples:
I prefer synchronous learning because I need the human interaction of communicating with someone as if they were in front of me.
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