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?
I really enjoy both asynchronous and synchronous learning. I know everyone probably says they like both, but I certainly have my reasons. A couple weeks ago when we completed the individual module about adolescence, I preferred and enjoyed the asynchronous learning. I was somewhat familiar with this topic, the reading material was easily understandable, and the assignment was not very rigorous. These are the reasons that I did not mind working alone. I felt that I got a nice grasp on the subject from the reading material and subsequent assignment.
Jump to the next week with the asynchronous module which consisted of 3 drop boxes and I feel the complete opposite. I am not familiar with digital literacy, search engines, the world wide web, and programs! The reading was way above my head! My students are my computer helpers in the classroom because I am far below average when it comes to this topic. I struggled immensely with this assignment. Eventually, I completed it though. Due to the fact that this is a topic I struggle with, I would have preferred a classroom setting where I could hear Dr. Burns explain the various concepts to me. I would also love to hear my class mate’s takes on the topics. Also, in a synchronous learning environment, I could ask questions to clarify any points I was having trouble understanding.
All in all, I feel that this class has been a nice mixture of both asynchronous and synchronous learning. I truly enjoy collaborating with my classmates and learning as a group. On the other hand, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that it is nice every once in a while to not have to rush home after school to log onto the computer J
Both methods of teaching and learning have their individual pros and cons and I think it really boils down to the individual student and their knowledge on the given topic and their learning style as to which environment is most beneficial for them.
I think Dr. Burns has a good mix going and I appreciate the variety she is giving us this semester!