Terminologies # 1

During the past few months, ever since everyone started teaching online, many keywords have emerged in relation to that. Many of those keywords are confused with each other and utilized synonymously. However, often times people misuse referring to them while trying to explain how content delivery takes place in certain educational settings.

In this short blog post, I will take you through those key terminologies which will be heard a lot more in the coming phase:

Synchronous learning: This takes place when we teach live online classes such as on zoom or its alike.

Asynchronous learning:  Obviously this is the opposite of the latter, in the sense that live classes don’t take place but rather pre-recorded ones. An example of that would be a self-paced study of a course where interaction with a professor would be solely via emails.

Blended learning: Refers to a mix of online and offline learning (flipped) or a mix of online instruction and face-to-face traditional instruction (hybrid).

Flipped Classroom: While being in a brick and mortar school setting, technology is used to support and supplement teaching. When instruction happens in a normal physical presence in class with a teacher and students, students might need to read an article or watch a video before coming to class. Also, the reason why it is called flipped, as usually instruction could take place within the watched video at home for instance and when they come to class they get to work on applying this instruction, i.e. more of an active learning pedagogy. Somehow opposite to the routine schools had where a lesson content would be initiated in class first in teacher-oriented environment where students just sit like lumps as the teacher dictates the information and then application would rather be after school as a homework.

Hybrid teaching: When a portion of the content delivery takes place in a regular class in a brick and mortar school and another portion would be delivered online. Just like many schools will be doing in the upcoming academic year 20-21.

Distance learning: This takes place completely virtually. In other words teachers and students never get to meet in real for any of the educational process. This could take place synchronously and/or asynchronously.

I think as many schools are sharing with their stakeholders all the possible options for next year’s teaching. Many more teachers and parents and will be more acquainted with those terminologies.

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