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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Asyn. Vs Syn.

Having to decide which method of learning I prefer seems to be a more daunting task than I had previously imagined it to be. I was almost certain to prefer asynchronous over synchronous learning, but as it turns out, I enjoy, and find benefit in engaging in both methods of learning.

Asynchronous is helpful in that I am able to work at my own pace. I don’t have to rush to get home and try to log in to collaborate at a certain time. I enjoy being able to complete assignments a little bit at a time rather than being confined to a computer screen for two hours nonstop. I also like not having to wait until after 7pm to start making dinner for my family.

On the other hand, synchronous learning forces me to be disciplined while affording me the opportunity to complete assignments due while already online. I enjoy being able to “see” and work with my classmates from time to time. It also enables me to remain connected.

For me, there are both advantages, as well as disadvantages with both learning styles. However, if I had to make a choice, I prefer asynchronous.


1 comment:

LovesFootball said...

Yvonne, great minds think alike! At first glance, we seem to think that we will automatically know exactly which method works best for us. However, once we have the opportunity to utilize both methods of learning, we find that both have benefits as well as drawbacks.

I like the way that you expounded upon how each method of learning worked for you. I wholeheartedly agree, asynchronous learning at the end of the day, is the method that I prefer. Maybe it's because I'm a bit of a loner but I get things accomplished more thoroughly and quickly that way (go figure LOL).

Great insight!