Asynchronous Learning or Live Lessons? Which One Works Better for Me?

If you work in education in 2020, you are making tough decisions about how to best reach and teach your learners in the midst of a global pandemic. There is a dearth of evidence to help teachers make informed choices on how to allocate time to asynchronous vs. synchronous online learning. By looking at research into online learning and human development, we can begin to grapple with the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Let’s start with the basics. “Synchronous online learning” generally refers to live learning activities that must happen at a set time (often over Zoom or a similar platform), while “asynchronous online learning” refers to almost everything else (completing assignments, doing readings, watching videos, etc.). Research studies don’t provide strong evidence that synchronous learning universally leads to better student engagement and learning outcomes than asynchronous learning or vice versa. Each approach is best suited to different contexts.

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Plainview School Board to review asynchronous learning plan next week

School districts have been working since the end of the 2019-2020 school year to address connectivity inequality among students. Now six weeks after the start of the school year, Plainview Independent School District is facing another problem experienced by other districts – lack of student participation in online instruction.

During a regular school board meeting Thursday night, Superintendent H.T. Sanchez said several districts across the state are reporting this to be a problem. There are an estimated 4,000 kids unaccounted for across Texas classrooms both in-classroom and virtual. And many who are studying virtually failing, so much so that there are two area districts, he said, that have announced or will soon announce the end of their online learning option.

The board is set to meet again next

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