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.