Why Many Instructors Teach Asynchronously
- Connecting to class via streaming video and Zoom requires fast Internet connections and uses large amounts of data.
- Student scholars may not always have access to this type of Internet requirement, and small glitches can make connectivity, clarity, and ease of use difficult or even impossible.
- Instructors may have to troubleshoot audio and video issues during scheduled class times, which would take away from course instruction and undivided attention to student scholars.
- With asynchronous learning, instructors can take their time setting up the learning path and make sure it is working properly before student scholars require access.
- While online classes can be convenient and productive, organizing them can be involved and time consuming. All participants must log in on time, with few or no technological issues or background noise or distractions occurring during the scheduled time.
- Some instructors prefer supporting student scholars’ learning outcomes and progress asynchronously to avoid these issues and create a more positive, customized academic experience.
- In contrast to synchronous learning, online collaboration and group work can be successfully accomplished asynchronously. Student scholars can work together with their instructors to create better schedules for emailing, online meetings, office hours, and more.
- This learning format allows for student scholars and instructors to be better utilize live meeting times with other tasks, such as research, studying, and deep dives occurring at other times.
Asynchronous teaching and learning allow student scholars and instructors to create a learning path that best fits the student scholars’ unique strengths and goals for their coursework.