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Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

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​Over the summer months, Rockwood teachers built online courses aligned to the Rockwood curriculum that follow the district’s instructional philosophies. They focused on learning that supports student social-emotional needs and created engaging lessons that incorporate relevant topics for younger students.

The curriculum will be the same as it would be for in-person learning.​

Students enrolled in Rockwood At Home will have a full online environment with access to similar learning materials and resources that students who attend in person would use. 

In order to ensure students are learning and progressing through the curriculum at a similar pace working online from home as they would meeting face-to-face with teachers​, two types of learning will take place this year: synchronous and asynchronous. Support and modeling will be provided to all students as they learn how to navigate these two types of learning.

​​​Synchronous Learning​Asynchronous Learning
​What is it?

​Takes place in real time with a group of other learners and their teacher. These lessons could be held live in person or live via videoconferencing.

Examples: live lessons, Zoom meetings​

​Anytime, anywhere learning that provides students with pre-recorded lessons and structured, engaging independent practice with feedback from a Rockwood​ teacher.​

Examples: reading, video lessons, Canvas assignments, discussion boards​


​Frequent live interaction with teachers and peers

Learner questions can be answered quickly

General feedback is immediate

​Closest format achievable in a virtual setting to replicate in-person learning

Student-focused; students choose the time and place that they learn

Learners have more opportunity to review and reflect on their learning

Students can follow the learning path in a way that meets their personal learning needs

Many of the traditional learning strategies such as group discussions, individual student conferences ​and assessment  are accessible in an online format using a Learning Management System such as Canvas​


​Less flexible schedule; students need to be in attendance at specific times to learn​

Feedback given in a large group setting may not be specific to each learner​


​Learners need a degree of self-motivation or adult support to stay on task

While students interact with their teachers and classmates through discussion boards, inbox messaging and one-one-one feedback, there is a lack of live interaction with others.​​