Having recently completed my first asynchronous e-learning credit course, I can honestly say, it’s a great way to learn. Here are my top ten reasons why:
- It allows me to go off on tangents. I make connections in class that I never have time to in face to face environments, because I am not directing the discussion.
2. I can work when I feet freshest, like Saturday morning. Though I do some work on weeknights, my best thinking happens on Saturday morning. That’s when I try to do most of my writing.
3. I can hear people’s ideas more than once. I revisit people’s comments over and over, which moves my thinking forward.
4. Help is only a click away. If I need technical support or questions about the ideas we study, I have easy access through online journals, websites, even You Tube.
5. Because I have time to think about what I want to say, I have the courage to speak up.
6. Everyone’s voices are heard equally. Have you ever been in a class where a couple of people monopolize the discussion? No worry about that here!
7. I am learning about technology along with ideas.
8. I can work in my pyjamas, with coffee in hand. Enough said.
9. All my tools are in one easily accessible location. Being able to have multiple articles, ideas, pieces of writing, and Blackboard open all in the same location allow me to work anywhere, anytime.
10. My learning is deep and rich. Having think time allows for deep connections.
Of course, thoughtful design of the course is critical to online learning success. As Murphy, Rodríguez-Manzanares and Barbour state, “. . . .it is not the media but the pedagogy that determines the interaction.”
Murphy, E., Rodríguez-Manzanares, M., & Barbour, M. (2011). Asynchronous and synchronous online teaching: perspectives of Canadian high school distance education teachers. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 42(4), 583-591.