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We are in the developmental stage of incorporating our Blended Learning Degree Programs.
Our programs are expanding and will soon be able to be completed through any one of the following combinations:
· traditional on campus courses
· online Asynchronous courses
· online Synchronous courses
· blended eLearning courses
Asynchronous is a type of eLearning environment which allows the student to decide when to complete assignments, usually within time limits. The advantages of this method of learning, you are in the control of your learning. The disadvantage; it’s very easy to put off doing course work. The procrastination turns into dread, the dread turns into not finishing the course work within the time limits. This happens more often than not. In addition, you do not usually have any
interaction with other class members.
Synchronous is a type of eLearning environment which allows an instructor facilitated course. This type of class means that usually the entire class meets online in a predetermined online web site during a predetermined time period. That’s right; you log on and enter a site with all of the other students and the instructor. On that site, discussions take place, questions and responses happen, lectures occur; cooperative projects take place in real time, even real-time assessments can happen. The advantages; you are part of a learning group, while at the same time an individual learning. The learning environment and pace are determined by the instructor. You are a learning participant within that space and time. The Disadvantages; you are one of the invisible crowd members in cyberspace. You have to be in the cyberspace place at the designated time. While online in this type of class, others are aware of when you come and go to this class. Class members and the instructor are aware of what you type, when you type it and of course, any spelling or grammar errors.
The Blended method eLearning environment is a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous. That really means that some of the class will be self-instruction (asynchronous) and some of the class will be instructor facilitated (synchronous). The advantages; hopefully, this blended learning environment takes the best from both asynchronous and asynchronous. Think of it
like a buffet, merely a little of this and a little of that approach. The disadvantages; again, procrastination can happen with the asynchronous parts (self-paced) then that negatively impacts the synchronous (real time, instructor facilitated) portions.
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