Asynchronous Vs. Synchronous Learning

SAMPLES of Asynchronous/Synchronous Balance of Time #

SynchronousAsynchronousAssessment
DefinitionVirtual, live teaching, instruction, learning, and interaction that occur at the same timeLearning activities that are completed any time, any place, any path, any pace; independent online and teacher-assigned tasks and activitiesAn activity that measures a student’s understanding of the learning
ExamplesAttendance

Direct instruction

Assessment

Group collaboration

Teacher-led review

Small-group instruction

Online activity

Online lab

Group collaboration

Independent practice

Independent review

Project-based learning

One-on-one support

Paper-pencil opportunities

Exit ticket

Quiz

Test

Essay

Lab

Performance-based assessment

Teacher conferencing with the students

 

Shorter learning blocks (40 minutes, For Secondary Schools Only) #

Sample 1Sample 2Sample 3Sample 4
20 min (Synch)

Teacher reviewing material directly with entire class

5 min (Synch)

Quick check in with class

10 min (Synch in small-group rotations)

Teacher has students split into small-groups to review misunderstood topics

20 min (Asynch)

Opening individual reading and discussion posts

20 min (Asynch)

Students working collaboratively to analyze information on a shared google document or slide deck 

35 min (Assessment)

Independent writing prompt

30 min (Asynch)

While other students work independently on math problems in 

ALEKS

20 min (Synch)

Group discussion regarding the reading

 

Longer learning blocks (75 minutes, For Secondary Schools Only) #

Sample 1Sample 2Sample 3Sample 4
30 min (Synch)

Teacher reviewing material directly with entire class

10 min (Synch)

Quick check in with class

15 min (Synch in small-group rotations)

Teacher has students split into small-groups to review misunderstood topics

45 min (Asynch)

Online lab activity

45 min (Asynch)

Students working collaboratively to analyze information on a shared google doc and then write an individual conclusion

65 min (Assessment)

Project-Based Learning with the teacher doing 1:1 conferencing with students

60 min (Asynch)

Test

30 min (Synch)

Class discussion regarding the lab

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