Synchronous Learning

What is synchronous learning?

Synchronous learning refers to a classroom or educational experience wherein students meet and learn in real time.

Instructors and students directly interact at the same time and place, whether in person or online.

Synchronous learning differs from asynchronous learning, in which students can learn and access materials at their own preferred pace.

Why is synchronous learning beneficial?

Synchronous learning is a very effective method of education. Many students prefer to learn and collaborate in real time, as it increases their motivation and productivity.

With synchronous learning, students can ask their instructors questions and receive an answer immediately. Many students also prefer meeting at a set time, so they don’t have to determine their own work and study schedule.

Many students may find that synchronous learning increases their productivity. Students can engage in discussions and make meaningful connections with classmates — boosting their motivation and creating a more collaborative educational experience.

Which learning style is best for me?

Depending on your learning style, you may find either synchronous or asynchronous effective and preferable.

Many find asynchronous convenient for flexibility, while others prefer synchronous learning in real-time with an instructor.

Are you interested in learning more about our different programs at Goodwin University? We offer programs that utilize both synchronous and asynchronous educational methods — whichever works best for you. Learn more about Goodwin’s flexible programs of study today!

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