Emerging Asynchronous Conversation Models

Tony Karrer

I had an interesting conversation with Patrick Randolph from TalkWheel about different kinds of asynchronous conversation models that are emerging and how they might fit into broader eLearning Initiatives. Talkwheel is made to handle real-time group conversations and asynchronous ones.

The Growing Popularity of Asynchronous Learning: A corporate learning perspective


The meaning of the word ‘asynchronous’ is ‘not at the same time’. In corporate learning, the success of Asynchronous Learning has been tremendous. Asynchronous Trainings have successfully eradicated bias in a learner-group. Asynchronous Learning through Mobile Devices.

Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

Association eLearning

Asynchronous/ Self-Paced. Asynchronous refers to eLearning offerings you take on your own. If you sign up for an in-person workshop but need to watch an online video that explains the basics before you attend, that’s an example of blended learning.

Reflections on the ‘New Groupthink’ and lessons for asynchronous collaborative e-learning

The eLearning Nomad

We came to value transparency and to knock down walls – not only online but also in person. We failed to realize that what makes sense for asynchronous, relatively anonymous interactions of the Internet might not work as well in face-to-face , politically charged, acoustically noisy confines of an open-plan office [my highlight]. Instead of distinguishing between online and in-person interaction, we used the lessons of one to inform our thinking about the other. “.

Benefits and Limitations of Asynchronous Learning [Infographic]

CommLab India

Offering learners control over their online learning experience is important as adults are deeply self-directed. This is what asynchronous learning does. But, is asynchronous learning the perfect online training experience? eLearning Design Online training

Synchronous vs asynchronous elearning


In today’s elearning environment the type of learning that takes place is generally divided into one of two categories: synchronous and asynchronous. Examples of synchronous elearning are online chat and videoconferencing. What is asynchronous learning?

Asynchronous social learning is newer than you think

Clive on Learning

For those of us who have spent a number of years working in online learning, the idea that a group can collaborate asynchronously (not in real-time) on a learning activity is rather taken for granted - not so much 'old hat' as just nothing novel. But in the grand scheme of things it's a relative newcomer and - as is becoming increasingly apparent as I talk to those learning professionals with no online experience - not an obvious thing to do.

Asynchronous and online should be the default to argue against

Clive on Learning

If we do meet online, we save enormously on time, cost, hassle and CO2 emissions. There's a very strong argument for making online meetings the default, in other words the way you always do things unless a very strong argument is made to the contrary. Another default position should be communicating asynchronously. Asynchronous comms, using email, forums, social networks, blogs and wikis, allow us to regain control of our time. Asynchronous and online.

Strategies for transformation 2: from synchronous to asynchronous

Clive on Learning

The second step on the route to transformation is a shift from interventions that are synchronous to those that are asynchronous. The most obvious examples are classroom courses and on-the-job training sessions, but also in this category we must place the use of the telephone and live online tools, such as instant messaging, Skype and virtual classrooms. Aligned : There''s no real change here, because synchronous and asynchronous activities can be equally well-aligned.

Asynchronous e-facilitation: watching or listening?

The eLearning Nomad

Are you running reports and checking course data to verify whether your learners have done the work in your e-course or online workshop? The post Asynchronous e-facilitation: watching or listening?

How to become a better asynchronous e-facilitator

The eLearning Nomad

It’s been 15 years since I read Gilly Salmon’s ‘E-moderating: The key to teaching and learning online’ which, back then, was the book to get you started as an e-facilitator. Our online learning events are designed differently and this shapes the e-facilitation methods used.

Here’s an idea to free college: 100% asynchronous based courses (self-paced), yeah e-learning

eLearning 24-7

Each time, I do, the first thing that pops into my head is “e-learning” The second thing is “asynchronous based” – i.e. self-paced learning. Oh, I should add that colleges, universities and any place offering education loves to pitch MOOCs too and then there are the aggregators of MOOCs who are receiving VC funding, as a way to reinforce that this is a business opportunity for online learning. For an online course? .

Synchronous or Asynchronous Learning – How to Make the Right Choice?

CommLab India

Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.” Organizations across the globe continue to adopt online training at a rate of 13% per year, a pace that is expected to stay consistent throughout 2017. Asynchronous Learning.

Tips for blends 7: Keep a balance between the synchronous and asynchronous

Clive on Learning

Asynchronous media work at your pace – there is no requirement for you to be ‘in synch’ with anyone else. You can consume the contents of books, DVDs and iPods – or their online equivalents – whenever you want; you have similar flexibility when you communicate using email, forums, SMS and social networks. Synchronous experiences, whether face-to-face, online or on the telephone, enrich a blend and provide it with momentum.

How to succeed with online learning for colleges and universities

eLearning 24-7

If you are a bricks and mortar college or university, you may be considering offering online courses. When you ask folks what was the first 100% online university most will say the University of Phoenix. The first was Jones International, which also was the first accredited online university. After Jones International, the number of “for-profit” online universities started to pop up everywhere. Research on online universities. Asynchronous learning.

eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

If you’re new to eLearning or online training, it can seem like you’re wading through alphabet soup with all the various anagrams and terminology used in this industry. Asynchronous/ Self-Paced Learning- Asynchronous refers to eLearning offerings you take on your own.

Creating Engaging Online Learning


Online learning comes in two general forms: synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous online learning happens when several individuals (learners) are communicating or interacting with each other at the same time. This often happens online with a webinar.

9 tips for successfully including peer collaboration in an online course

The eLearning Nomad

There are still many preconceptions regarding which types of tasks cannot occur online. Many of our clients run successful collaborative eWorkshops (mostly asynchronous, so no or few webinars ). In fact, there might be more collaboration in an online version compared to its face-to-face equivalent because we’re giving people more time to think and formulate their contributions. Asynchronous collaboration often goes deeper.

Synchronous or Asynchronous? How to Pick Your Training Delivery Method by Danielle Slatinsky

Learning Solutions Magazine

Creating effective online instruction requires consideration of many factors if it is to lead learners to achieve the desired skills and knowledge.

The Fact and Fiction of Online Training

Association eLearning

You’ve probably heard some of the things people say about online courses: “The courses are a lot easier than ‘regular’ courses, so you don’t learn as much.”. Employers don’t count online courses as actual training.”. Fiction: “Online courses are easier than face-to-face courses.”.

Three essential components of participatory e-learning

The eLearning Nomad

So what makes this work online? These are key considerations when looking at supporting participatory workshops online. Asynchronous (not at the same time) methods on the other hand support this need for time much better. Asynchronous means reading and writing. This works well online, provided the framework (in which to do the work) is well designed and is run asynchronously (remember, people need time to do this well).

Building An Online Learning Community by Kevin Wilcoxon

Learning Solutions Magazine

How can an instructional designer (ID) leverage social interaction online to engage learners, increase exchange and dialogue, and get better results, without losing the purposeful focus provided by an instructor or traditional course content and structure?

How We Helped Faculty Move Courses Online

Allison Rossett

It was a sustainable effort that grew into an ecosystem that enabled the university, in difficult budget circumstances, to develop online courses cost effectively. Each participant has four months to develop and prepare to teach this online course. Suzanne Aurilio is my guest blogger.

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How to Create Online Training Simulations the Right Way [Infographic]

CommLab India

But, how can we create effective online simulations to train employees? Related Posts 5 Best Practices to Create Online Training Simulations Developing Software Simulations Without Login Credentials [Infographic] Benefits and Limitations of Asynchronous Learning [Infographic].

The difference between designing online and face-to-face workshops

The eLearning Nomad

Yes, it’s different – because your learners will be at a distance, and the communication happens online. Happy New Year to all of you, dear blog readers!

Active learning principles: tips to apply in online training


Do you need to make your online training experience more engaging, collaborative and interactive? If so, then active learning may be the ideal strategy for your online training program. How to apply active learning principles in online training.

How do I know what e-learning approach is right for what topic?

The eLearning Nomad

The vast majority of online articles about e-learning are about compliance training or academic e-courses, so why would you do things differently? Consider the online training you’re about to develop… what do you want to achieve and what approach would be best to do this? However, it’s likely that most of the AHA moments and real change will be achieved by giving time to people to think before they contribute, i.e. asynchronously.

The Importance of Online Training: 5 Benefits For Your Employees

CommLab India

It’s a well-known fact that using online learning solutions for employee training can and has been immensely cost-effective for corporate organizations. Let’s look at the five ways online training can benefit your workforce. eLearning Design Online training

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How We Helped Faculty Move Their Courses Online

Allison Rossett

It was a sustainable effort that grew into an ecosystem that enabled the university, in difficult budget circumstances, to develop online courses cost effectively. Each participant has four months to develop and prepare to teach this online course. Suzanne Aurilio is my guest blogger.

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Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. It made me immediately think back to my first experience with an online session. Because it was their first ever public session and my first ever online session neither of us knew what we were doing. It definitely takes additional thinking/preparation to be good online.

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Nuts and Bolts: From Classroom to Online, Think “Transform” not “Transfer” by Jane Bozarth

Learning Solutions Magazine

Moving an existing classroom course to online delivery is the way many eLearning initiatives get started. Asynchronous Blended Getting Started Instructional Design SynchronousIt is also, unfortunately, the way that many initiatives get off to a bad start, or even fail. Jane provides. great tips for successful transformation of learning – you can apply them to your first effort, or to any. conversion project.

Tips for online decision making

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

It is amazing to see the energy of the people who dive into the first online block. It is very hard to make decisions online in asynchronous discussions. Online it is even more complicated because you need someone to take the lead online.

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‘Discussion forum': don’t let the name of the tool put you on the wrong learning design track

The eLearning Nomad

They’re usually called discussion forums or discussion boards and are the most commonly used tool for answering questions as well as for any conversations we have in an online learning space. Often grading is the necessary extrinsic motivating factor for online discussions.

Face time

E-Learning Provocateur

We have asynchronous tools such as online discussion forums, synchronous tools such as instant messaging, and semi-synchronous tools such as Twitter. By all means, continue to facilitate asynchronous discussions – they’re incredibly important.


Online Learning Activities to build Learning Communities


Online learning is seldom complete without reinforceming activities which provide evidence that learning did take place. When designing any online activity with social media as an engagement strategy, the instructor must bear in mind Bloom’s Taxonomy (Sylvia, 2014). In this assignment, I will propose two online learning assignments that promote application and reflection. Method: Asynchronous Instructions: You are assigned to work on this activity with one peer.

Tips for Adapting an In-Person Course to an Online Course


If you have designed and administered successful in-person, Instructor-Led Training (ILT) modules, you may want to convert those classes into online courses to reach a wider audience. What works for your ILT classes, but will need to be redesigned for an online format?

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MOOCs In Workplace Learning – Part 1: Some Points To Consider


11 Difference between a MOOC and an Online Course. MOOCs, while primarily “online”, can spill over into the real world, especially if colleagues are co-located. Discussions can take place in the online forum or over lunch and coffee.