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The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume Two: Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning by Patti Shank

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CHAPTER 3

Ideas for Synchronous and Social Learning

Synchronous online learning is “live” during a specific time period. Learners typically use an online classroom application to “attend” and interact with other learners and one of more facilitators or instructors. You can also use other tools for synchronous online learning, such as chat, instant messaging, SMS (mobile texting), Twitter, and audio conferencing. Although synchronous online learning isn’t as flexible for learners, because they are interacting live and therefore need to be available at the same time, as self-paced online learning, synchronous online learning can overcome some ...

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