YuJa supports both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning occurs when learners are engaging and learning with the material at the same time. This can occur in-person, as in a classroom setting, or online. Asynchronous learning occurs when learners are using the same learning materials, but are doing so at different times. Asynchronous learning is much less likely to occur in-person. YuJa also offers the opportunity for a single online course to use both synchronous and asynchronous learning to offer maximum benefits and flexibility for students.
Synchronous Learning Features at YuJa
Synchronous e-learning features at YuJa include:
- Real-time lecture capture streaming.
- Video conferencing and video meetings, both large and small.
- Online office hours to facilitate question-and-answer sessions.
- Real-time chat features.
Asynchronous Learning Options at YuJa
Asynchronous e-learning features at YuJa include:
- Saved and uploaded lecture captures, accessible through YuJa.
- Real-time discussion forums to allow student and faculty engagement.
- Polls and quizzes to assess student learning.
Combining Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
There are benefits and limitations to both synchronous and asynchronous learning. With YuJa, you can combine synchronous and asynchronous elements to maximize the student’s learning experience. This reduces the overall limitations associated with hybrid or online learning. Synchronous learning encourages lively and active communication from and with students, as well as increased social interaction. There is an increase in personal involvement when learning is synchronous. Asynchronous learning supports more in-depth and on-topic discussion. There is an increase in cognitive development when students are engaged in asynchronous learning activities. Recognizing this difference allows instructors and institutions to create the most effective online and hybrid learning options for their students.
When to Choose Synchronous or Asynchronous Learning Options
Use synchronous learning to support social engagement, discuss less complex issues, and present simplified concepts. In addition, synchronous learning is ideal for question-and-answer sessions and for planning group activities and projects. Use asynchronous learning for deeper on-topic conversation, in-depth study and review, and to support students with challenging schedules and additional responsibilities. Instructors can combine synchronous and asynchronous learning to meet the needs of every student, and to provide engaging lectures and course activities that encourage both cognitive and personal participation.
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