When used appropriately, these technologies can contribute to better commitment levels, collaboration and improve the overall life of each user. Many teachers believe that online learning should happen the same way as physical learning – with all students and the teacher present at the same time. What most teachers don’t know is that the asynchronous online learning mindset can be just as effective.
Embrace the asynchronous mindset
The most crucial thing to keep in mind when evolving any kind of teaching activity to better adapt it to online learning is that online learning does not need take place at the same time as the online teaching. This shift from in-person to online counterpart learning is what makes online learning unique.
When you teach in a traditional classroom, you stand in front of the class, in front of the whiteboard, and chat with your learners in real time. When you move items online, the same thing can happen.
You might believe that the only way to run an online class is synchronously through web conferencing. In most cases, this won’t be very practical, as the likelihood of all learners and the educator all together with stable, live internet connections is relatively low.
This is why it is much easier to work on asynchronous mindset. This means you won’t need to rely on yourself and your online learners simultaneously. It takes some getting used to, but you’ll find the experience very rewarding once you downgrade.
The asynchronous mindset is everywhere
For example, you can create a course in your LMS (Learning Management System) as a series of modules, and decide that you want your learners to take the modules sequentially, as each builds on the last, or you want to leave your learners follow the modules in the order of their choice.
Each module can be a video you created about the content, along with a PDF, some relevant documents, YouTube and third-party links, etc.
Students can connect to Virtual classroom whenever they want, even in the wee hours of the morning, to access each module in the order you have indicated. You can also set some essential rules for the course, such as the frequency and types of assessments, etc.
Not all learning needs to be done with the teacher and student working together simultaneously. Giving your students the freedom to take their classes according to their schedule will help build engagement and teach your learners to plan for themselves and be responsible. The asynchronous mindset is everywhere, and embracing it is crucial for successful online learning.