Synchronous Versus Asynchronous: Delivery of Online Instruction and the Factors that Lead to Success or Failure
Stephanie Huffman, University of Central Arkansas, United States ; Kelly Wilkinson, Indiana State University, United States ; Cheryl Wiedmaier, University of Central Arknasas, United States ; Tena Crews, University of South Carolina, United States ; Joe Arn, University of Central Arkansas, United States ; Virginia Hemby, Middle Tennessee State University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The focus of the panel discussion will cover the pros and cons of delivering an online course utilizing primarily synchronous strategies versus asynchronous strategies. The determining factor driving the decision by the instructor to use synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of strategies depends on the nature and scope of the distance education program implemented by the organization (Lever-Duffy, McDonald, & Mizell, 2003). Arguments for both sides of the issue can be logically made. Support technologies are then chosen based on this decision; magnifying the importance of carefully weighing both the strengthens and weakness involved in this choice. Also included in the discussion are the factors that contribute to a successful online experience and those which tear down or create road blocks for instructors and students. Without regard for or a working knowledge of the demands of online instruction, administrators can quickly diminish and frustrate the instructor leading to overall program failure (Norton & Wiburg, 2003).
Huffman, S., Wilkinson, K., Wiedmaier, C., Crews, T., Arn, J. & Hemby, V. (2005). Synchronous Versus Asynchronous: Delivery of Online Instruction and the Factors that Lead to Success or Failure. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2253-2257). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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