This article is part of the guide https://www.edsurge.com/research/guides/sustaining-higher-education-in-the-coronavirus-crisis
Experts in online teaching have been debating and researching the question of synchronous versus asynchronous for decades.
Since the 1990s and the rise of online video conferencing, though, it has been possible for educators to choose which activities in their distance-education courses to conduct synchronously and which to leave as asynchronous.
The overall advice from experts is to mix both formats in any given class.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, TEQSA is aware that many providers, particularly independent providers, have made the transition to online delivery with little support and few resources.
This resource has been collated by TEQSA to assist the sector’s rapid transition to online learning during COVID-19.