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Synchronous Online Learning

Create a multimedia presentation about synchronous online learning that includes the following:

a. The advantages and disadvantages of synchronous online learning
b. Facilitation strategies
c. Tools that enhance student learning
d. An instructional audio or video element

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Suggestions for how to complete this assignment are below:

Step 1: Define "synchronous online learning"

As an introduction, you could choose to compare and contrast asynchronous and synchronous learning:

*Both are online vs. on-ground learning modalities

*With asynchronous learning a student uses online classroom (i.e. discussion boards, etc.), email and other forms of communication to submit/complete assignments and communicate with instructors at his/her own convenience. There is no real-time interaction between instructor, classmates and the student.

*In synchronous learning environments, tools such as chat and videoconferencing are used to facilitate real-time communication between instructors, students and classmates.

Step 2: Advantages of synchronous learning

Two examples of advantages of synchronous learning are as follows:

1. Other than when videoconferencing is used, the student can participate in class discussions from any location where he/she has online access at the time of the presentation, such as in a library, hotel, or at home.

2. In contrast to asynchronous learning, the synchronous learning environment allows the student to feel connected to his/her classmates and the professor. ...

Solution Summary

Online learning is quickly gaining popularity as more and more students advance skills and earn degrees from colleges and universities that offer online programs and courses. Methods of online learning are either asynchronous or synchronous. This 716-word step-by-step solution includes definitions of synchronous and asynchronous learning and compares/contrasts the two online modalities. The solution also includes sample responses/examples of the advantages/disadvantages of synchronous online learning; facilitation strategies; tools that enhance student learning, and suggestions for an instructional audio or video element to your presentation. The solution concludes with suggested formats for presentation and the link to a website with useful information for reference and citation purposes.