Discussion boards and electronic letters to the editors were selected as samples of asynchronous communication
. Obviously, there are other forms of CMC, for example personal e-mail communication, that could be extremely useful to learners.
How does online participation vary between different order bridges in synchronous and asynchronous communication
Coinciding with the growth of asynchronous communication
, fostering mathematical discourse in the face-to-face mathematics classroom has grown considerably over the past 10 years (Elliot & Kenney, 1996; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000).
occurred via private mail and/or the WebCT Bulletin Board; synchronous communication occurred in chat sessions.
Additionally, Rovy Branon and Chris Essex ("Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication
Tools in Distance Education," Tech Trends, 2001) noted that some cyber-learners do not check in often enough to carry the dialog forward.
The data for content analysis are based on conference transcripts from both synchronous and asynchronous communication
. Formative data are based on student reflection journals, instructor's log, and observers' logs.
is a crucial element of web services.
On the other hand, participation in asynchronous communication
, enabled by online systems, fits well into most provider and support staff routines.
A major advantage of asynchronous communication
Michael Kenney convinced me that asynchronous bulletin boards made available by WebCT and other software developers can be used to promote more thoughtful discussion, precisely because asynchronous communication
gives students time to think before they respond to what the ins tructor and other students have written.
The real-world library model, where asynchronous communication
is encouraged but synchronous communication is discouraged (e.g., through prohibitions against talking and chat room discussions), would be augmented by the sharium service model where synchronous communication is fostered and facilitated, within established norms of acceptable social behavior, of course.