Classroom Communication in an asynchronous online class

Asynchronous learning tools


Discussion boards (discussion forums) support collaborative learning where two or more learners explore a topic, create a meaningful discussion, and learn something new in the process.

Collaboration and sharing of ideas over certain time periods.

It May take longer to arrive at decisions or conclusions


A blog is an asynchronous learning tool that supports learners by providing current information on a topic. Blogs promote learning and sharing information because blogs are written from a personal viewpoint and include links to other sites and blogs on similar topics.

Dissemination of ideas and content

It May take longer to arrive at decisions or conclusions


Audio and visual content can be used to explain the content of a training program. An excellent example of a platform that uses videos as an asynchronous learning tool is “YouTube”.

Lecture delivery through playback

It is static and does not cater to interaction


A digital library is an organized set of resources such as audio, video, e-learning courses, microlearning nuggets, and eBooks, that help learning and teaching in an asynchronous environment. Digital libraries are equipped with search engine technologies that let novice users accomplish their search for information and resources easily.

Tracking of learning resources

Adequate management of storage media is highly required


Students appreciate frequent feedback on their success in a course. Automatically scoring quizzes can be used to provide students with immediate feedback. Quizzes also are great for formative assessments as they provide you with a glimpse of how well students are meeting the course objectives.

Evaluates teaching trends and performances

Requires clear definition and proper coordination

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