With the addition of the ANGEL-Elluminate Bridge, you can now directly add synchronous voice chats and webconferencing to your ANGEL coursesite, combining the advantages of both synchronous and asynchronous communication to your teaching.
In her literature review of synchronous and asynchronous educational discussions, Johnson (2006) found "combining synchronous and asynchronous online discussion results in higher levels of student satisfaction and mastery of course requirements than implementation of either mode in isolation... Both synchronous and asynchronous forms of online discussion have advantages and there is evidence that both contribute to student cognitive and affective outcomes, albeit in distinct fashion." (p. 51)
- "Asynchronous discussion facilitates student learning and higher-level thinking skills, perhaps due to the cognitive processing required in writing, and time to reflect upon posted messages and consider written responses." (p. 51)
- "Where as synchronous discussions have the advantages of providing a greater sense of presence and generating spontaneity." (p. 47)
“The combined use of computer mediated communication tools may be required in order to meet the needs of all learners regardless of individual differences in cognition and personality.” (p. 52)
Johnson, G. M. (2006). Synchronous and asynchronous text-based CMC in educational contexts: A review of recent research. TechTrends, 50(4), 46-53.
Posted at 10:28AM Feb 03, 2011 by dantonacci