What is Asynchronous Instruction?
Asynchronous instruction is a kind of learning that doesn't require students to be present at the same time. It's often used in distance education classes, but it can also be used in a classroom setting. Asynchronous instruction is different from synchronous instruction because it enables students to learn independently and on their own schedule, rather than at the same time as other students. You'll have access to course materials and assignments when you need them, so there are no set times for class meetings or projects.
Asynchronous online classes may include short videos teaching key concepts that students can watch repeatedly if necessary. In some classes, students can also complete homework assignments and receive immediate feedback, as opposed to waiting for instructors to grade them. This is effective for some students as it allows efficiency improvements and closes the feedback gaps. However, for younger students, asynchronous instruction can be a challenge. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many elementary aged students fell behind on core reading and math skills do to asynchronous instruction.