Face to face communication in classroom is an example of synchronous learning. This means that individuals have a continuous chain of communication. It enables individuals to monitor each other’s reactions. E learning is another example of synchronized communication where instructors and learners meet through the internet. The receivers of information are keen because instructors monitor their reactions (Randolph, 2007).
Synchronized communication takes place in real time and this means communication has no delay. In a classroom setting, questions receive answers in real time and this leaves learners satisfied. All participants of synchronized communication must be available for it to be effective. A human element that results in bonding is another benefit of synchronized communication applications. This is where learners and instructors become united because of sharing information and ideas.
Examples of synchronized communication applications are text chats (yahoo messenger, MSN messenger, and learning management tools), Skype (text, voice, and video abilities), and telephone calls. These applications require all participants to be present for effectiveness. The virtual classroom falls in this category and it is an extension of the chat. It provides options for asking private questions, breakouts for teamwork and a collaborative whiteboard (Monahan, 2005).
Synchronized communication applications help learners and instructors to reach an understanding in the classroom setting; these systems make work easier for instructors and learners. These developments mark the shift in technology enjoyed in this century. The beauty of these systems is the convenience and ease of using them for educational purposes.
Monahan, T (2005). Globalization, Technological Change, and Public Education. New York: Routledge
Randolph, J. J. (2007). Multidisciplinary Methods in Educational Technology Research and Development. Hameenlinna, Finland: HAMK