“As online learning becomes a more common model for higher education courses, institutions and instructors should investigate the benefits of including both synchronous and asynchronous elements in online learning to maximize the benefits of both these environments.”

Martin, Polly, Ritzhaupt 2020. From: definition of Online education, pedagogical approaches, DigitelPro University Oberta Catalunya (UOC). Erasmus+ Program DigitelPro.

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Example of a bichronous learning wave in our clientwork, follows soon.

Image: quick sketch of a bichronous learning journey along a ‘blended learning wave’. Click to expand. Model created by Breimer during the Erasmus+ programme DigtelPro, based on  TU Delft / WP Dijkstra.

At StudioBlended we deeply believe in the new value and meaning of ‘face to face’ time in teaching - and if it cannot be ‘face to face’, then let it be sychronous (real-time).  

Our approach to remote teaching and learning therefore always includes synchronous teaching; we consciously do not specialise in fully self-paced remote courses.

Asynchronous or synchronous are the two most common methods of delivery of an online course. The terms refer to the following.

Synchronous: instructors and students gather at the same time and interact in “real time” with a very short or “near-real time” exchange between instructors and students.

Asynchronous: instructors prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access. Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and will interact with each over a longer period of time. (Cohn & Seltzer 2020, p. 3). For a full discussion see the same paper by Breimer et al 2021.

Perhaps you saw competitive self-paced remote teacher courses for higher education elsewhere. We would like to highlight for you, that reality is that Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC), are often times not actually very effective or meaningful (see this article for instance).

In our experience, the synchronous teaching element is what brings in deep learning and a rhytmn, the urge to actually complete the course. Our own resilience course, is in fact, delivered with a bichronous approach.

Another term for this approach, is bichronous online teaching; a thoughtful integration of synchronous (teaching) and asynchronous (self-paced learning) learning.

The online learning environment is a way to increase the effectiveness of such synchronous teaching.

And the other way around: synchronous teaching infuses motivation and understanding, for the self-paced components of a learning journey.

Feel free to approach us with any questions you may have, so that we can see the challenges you face, and the opportunities and possibilities which exist, and what our studio can do for you.

We are here especially for you as unique educational professional, to come alongside you as you work on the curriculum design of your module, course, training or degree, so that you can offer good and resilient education in the long run.

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