In the list below, you can find some examples of online synchronous and asynchronous communication tools. More information on these tools can be found in the modules ‘development’ and ‘e-coaching’.
Synchronous or asynchronous?
- Chat (e.g. Facebook chat)
- Audio- and video conferencing (Skype, Teamviewer)
- Discussion forums (e.g. own forum) and platforms (e.g Voicethread)
- Wiki (e.g. Wikispaces)
- Blog (e.g. WordPress, Edublogger)
- Social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
- Share documents (e.g. Dropbox, Onenote)
The choice for a synchronous or asynchronous tool depends on the learning objectives you set.
- Asynchronous tools are more suited for complex assignments that run over a longer period of time and that require research work of your students.
- Synchronous tools are more suited for objectives that require direct interaction.