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Con: Asynchronous learning

The shift from in-person to online classes has opened doors for different methods of teaching and learning. 

Asynchronous learning allows students to complete their work at their own pace within certain deadlines and is an effective method of learning for students. 

Student exam performances were higher in a group assigned to asynchronous online discussions, according to a study conducted by the Southern Illinois University Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program. 

The ability to work at one’s own pace allows students to engage at a rhythm that works best for their personal schedules. 

This creates a productive learning environment because it prevents students from feeling like they are overwhelmed or running out of time. 

Asynchronous learning also benefits adult learners and students who are parents. 

According to data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, one in five college students are parents. 

Juggling classes while raising children is difficult because being a parent is a full-time job. 

But, asynchronous learning allows them to prioritize and focus on what they need to do without certain pressures that would come with a set class schedule. 

When classes are taught with live lectures, it forces students to learn at their professor’s pace instead of their own, causing students to feel they can’t keep up. 

Asking for help by interrupting an online lecture can be intimidating but with asynchronous learning, students can reach out when they feel comfortable. 

Instead of students feeling like they are falling behind, this method of learning lets students feel free to prioritize any assignment or class they choose. 

Each student has different needs and priorities.

Asynchronous learning is the best method of teaching and learning through online classes because it allows students, regardless of their personal lives and schedules, to grow and progress at their own pace.

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