Synchronous and Asynchronous delivery methods.
Asynchronous delivery method could be define as the virtual traditional classroom in which deadlines are set and timeframes are given for the students to complete. The delivery method can be via email, blog, virtual bulletin boards, embed calendars into a teaching platform, online textbooks, links to videos and SMS texting. There are advantages to asynchronous delivery method in which the students have the flexibility to work within the timeframe and make corrections as needed and bring it into perspective before returning it completed. There is however a drawback to this type of delivery method, it lacks a sense of immediacy because you have to wait hours and sometimes days before receiving a response even if there is a timeframe. Also there is less interaction and the information once received could be a bit outdated.
Synchronous delivery method refer to as real time takes place like a conversation through skype, chat, texting, and video and phone conferencing. All of the students including the teacher get online and chat in a chatroom or similar platform and exchange ideas and insight into the conversation. The advantage to this delivery method is the sense of immediacy and fast response. It resembles a more face to face conversation and it’s more natural. The drawback to this however is that not everyone uses it and it’s not as flexible as asynchronous because everyone has to get online and stay for the specified time.