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Learning Comparison: Web 2.0 Technologies
Compare aspects of asynchronous and synchronous learning. The comparison must include differences in facilitation strategies.
Why your choice is appropriate for the subject matter?

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As you already know, synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time; hence the name 'synchronous.' Usually there is a schedule class time, just like in a traditional classroom setting, and participants meet to hear lectures, discussions, and presentations. Asynchronous classes, on the other hand, are just the opposite. Facilitators post the lecture and class materials (including notes, tests and quizzes, and projects), and students access them when it is most convenient to do so. Students are usually required to post to discussion boards throughout the week for class participation and complete assignments by due dates.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both formats. Students who need a little more structure and interaction prefer the synchronous format because they can socialize and interact and be part of a group just like in traditional classroom. They are also better able to learn because they receive instant answers to questions, feedback, and help in the areas that they do not understand. Other students prefer the asynchronous format because they are able to access instruction at their convenience. This is a wonderful concept for people with careers and adult responsibilities ...

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The solution compares aspects of asynchronous and synchronous learning.