The coronavirus pandemic altered for good the primary methodology for education and working in the united states. At the moment, any successful adult educational institution will need to provide a form of distance education including pure online asynchronous learning.
Sometimes referred to as teaching machines, online learning combines the use of computers, software, and educational theory to facilitate the delivery of learning material.
There are two aspects of online learning, which we can reference:
- Synchronous learning: This is the case where the educator and students both need to be available at the same time. Examples include learning in a classroom on zoom, google meet or similar video conferencing tools.
- Asynchronous learning: This is the case where the educator and students do not need to be available at the same time. Examples include self-paced online education - where the student completes on their own the learning experience.
The extent to which online education is replacing in-person in-class learning varies. For younger ages, we see a hybrid model, where students have the option to go to primary schools, while their homework can be completed offline. In addition, some schools offer both synchronous online learning and in-class session in a hybrid form.
The facts at hand demonstrate that education has shifted faster towards the online learning model or hybrid model instead of pure in-class learning due to the pandemic. This requires teachers and educators to adapt to those technologies.
At H&H we offer a variety of both online courses (asynchronous), and in-person synchronous online courses with an educator. Both deliver the two forms of education referenced earlier.