Q-7. Won’t the lack of face to face contact with the instructor make learning difficult?

A. Absolutely not. The primary problems associated with asynchronous communication come from the initial difficulty the student has in becoming accustomed to the new delivery method. Once acquainted with the process, most students report that an improved learning situation occurs.

Think about this for a minute. Everyone in your class has a different schedule, a different family situation, and a different play/relaxation schedule. It is very difficult and inconvenient to get everyone together into one classroom without rearranging each individual’s life. The same is true for online. If we required everyone to dial into his or her class at the same time, we would defeat the purpose of this new learning situation.

When communication is asynchronous, any student can participate anytime it is convenient to do so, whether that is midnight or noon, in a hotel room while traveling on business or on an airplane at 30,000 feet.

Online students have an opportunity to spend time reviewing the class archives (comments, lectures, and discussions) and can compose their responses at their own schedule. The material and concepts are approached at an individual rate. Our students and faculty find that a greater level of depth and breadth can be achieved in asynchronous communication than in “real-time” communications.

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