One of the major benefits of synchronous learning is that the teacher and student/s are interacting ‘live’ which gives educators the opportunity to share feedback about how learners are doing in real time. This allows the teacher to positively reinforce desired behavior, performance and interactions. In addition, misconceptions can be addressed immediately, mistakes can be corrected on the spot, and students can be supported when using a new skill.
This synchronous feedback is two-way so, as educators, we can get feedback from the learners and adapt the lesson as we go, and provide additional resources, examples or information in response to questions and comments from our students.
Using asynchronous learning means that students may be working at different paces and on different activities. This allows teachers to target their support to individual students and specific tasks providing feedback, encouragement and support, as and when required.