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Synchronous vs. Asynchronous: How to Select the Best Format for Your Instructional Content

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Presenter(s)
Michael Fleming (School of Continuing Education, Columbia University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 1:45pm
Track: 
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Location: 
Atlantic Hall
Section: 
G
Position: 
3
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Discovery Session 1
Abstract

Asynchronous and synchronous learning both have benefits and potential drawbacks. Identify the best format for your online instructional content using a simple conceptual framework.

Extended Abstract

One of the most critical design decisions when developing online academic content is whether to offer that material synchronously, asynchronously, or using a mixture of both formats. It can be challenging to determine which modality is best for a particular program, course, or lesson. There are benefits and potential drawbacks with both asynchronous and synchronous learning and the ideal choice may not be clear. In this session, learn how to identify the best format for your online instructional content using a simple conceptual framework. Some evaluation considerations include pedagogical fit, re-usability of content, modularity, faculty or presenter availability, audience, and flexibility.

Lead Presenter

Michael Fleming is the Director of Online Support at Columbia University. Michael manages the design, execution, and assessment of all Live Sessions for the Online Programs within the School of Continuing Education. Working closely with Faculty and the Instructional Design team, Michael is responsible for ensuring that the Live Sessions within each course are highly interactive, effective, and well supported. Michael holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.