Communication I

After reading through the content of topic three on Moodle: Communication 1 the section on synchronous versus asynchronous communication is something that I found quite interesting, and a topic that I would like to focus on for this weeks blog. Specifically I would like to take a look at the positive and negative factors to both of these online forms of communication, as well as the type of roll that a teacher would have to have.
21st Century Learner
One of the competencies used to describe a 21st Century Learner, is communication. With this students must be able to competently communicate with others, both verbally and nonverbally. With the internet students are able to have these types of connections without being face to face with one another. Students must also be able to understand the different times to use different forms of communication based on each individual situation. Providing students the knowledge and resources to create both synchronous and asynchronous online connections, will allow them to successfully choose the proper medium for each assignment/topic.
Synchronous vs Asynchronous Communication
The following video outlines the differences between both forms of communication, as well as some of the benefits to both.

Another online source that outlines both forms of communication, as well as benefits to both is the following website

http://elearningindustry.com/benefits-of-synchronous-and-asynchronous-e-learning

Asynchronous Communication

Advantages

-Can interact with individuals from all over the globe-Students can take the time to fully develop a well thought out and planned response, showing their in-depth understanding and mastery of a topic

-Chance for personalized learning as well as differentiation

-With the use of a blog students can showcase their work, which can be used as a portfolio

Disadvantages

-Responses are not immediate-Can be less engaging to some due to response time

Synchronous Communication

Advantages

-Real time responses to questions-High level of engagement with online chat rooms, and videoconferencing

-Can interact with individuals from all over the globe

-Chance for personalized learning as well as differentiation

Disadvantages

-Students may not all be available at the same time-Students may not have sufficient time to respond with their full understanding of a topic

-Depending on the others within a conversation, students may be outshined and overshadowed, resulting in them not able to show their opinion

-Introverts may feel to self-conscious to participate

-Lack of documentation

What About Teachers?

After looking at both forms of communication I particularly favour asynchronous communication for a number of reasons. One I think that it would allow students to work at rates that best suit them, as well as allow them the time to fully understand a topic before having to voice their knowledge or opinions. Growing up I was a shy student and would not typically answer a question out loud in the presence of others. If I had been given the opportunity to write down my answer in a way that other students would not know my response, there would be no embarrassment or anxiety attached.

I also think that in terms of online blogs or EPortfolios, I as a teacher would be able to easily monitor all online activity in the form of asynchronous communication. Not only would I be there to help curate information, but as a teacher I would also have to have a presence on the internet to insure the proper use, as well as create and maintain a safe learning environment for all parties involved.  To me able to monitor and maintain this activity with synchronous communication, I would have to be involved during all online interactions.

List of Collaboration Tools

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(image from Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication:Tools for Collaboration)

References

http://etec.ctlt.ubc.ca/510wiki/Synchronous_and_Asynchronous_Communication:Tools_for_Collaboration

http://tle.wisc.edu/blend/facilitate/communicate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-VJcCfcKDk

http://elearningindustry.com/benefits-of-synchronous-and-asynchronous-e-learning

http://education.alberta.ca/media/6581166/framework.pdf

Significant Comment: http://misshager.weebly.com/blog/topic-3-communication-is-the-lubrication#comments

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4 thoughts on “Communication I

  1. Hello Paige,

    I loved that you took a topic from the module and expanded on it so deeply. The pro’s and con’s list you provided for each type was very helpful, as was the video clip. With communication so easily accessible these days, I think it is important that students be able to differentiate between the two types of communication and be able to decide what type is better for their intended purpose.

    I, like you, was that student in school who never answered questions out loud in class. For that reason, I too have always favored asynchronous communication. As I get closer to becoming a teacher though, I see that synchronous communication is important too. I think that incorporating a balance of both will benefit all students regardless of their learning styles.

    You briefly mention blogging in your journal. Now that my knowledge of blogging has grown over the last year I am always curious, how would you incorporate a blog into your classroom?

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    • Hi Quincy,
      Thank you for your response. I plan on teaching at an elementary level, and have outlined in my latest post: Communication II, ways on how I plan on using a blog with that age group.

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  2. Hi Paige!

    You’re blog entry really shed light on to the topic of synchronous and asynchronous communication methods. I think it is really important that teachers and students understand how to use each type of communication in different situations, and identifying the pros and cons of each method helps to choose the more appropriate option. If you had to use a synchronous method of communication, what would you choose and why?

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    • Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your response. In my class I would definitely plan for lots of face to face synchronous communication, but as far as technology goes I look forward to incorporating video conferencing. I think that it would be very beneficial to get in contact with experts over video to help students see a different perceptive and develop a greater understanding for a topic.

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