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Types of Online Communication

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

Faculty deciding whether to use synchronous (everyone participating simultaneously) or asynchronous (participants logging in at different times) communication need to first consider their objective for having students interact. Both forms of communication can be effective when used for the appropriate reason; both can be abused just as easily. 

Asynchronous Discussion

 Advantages:    

 Challenges:

 Students can think about their contributions before posting.  Posts can sit unanswered by classmates for several days.
 Students can participate when they have the time.      There is a tendency for people to wait until the last minute to post.
   
 
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