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Reflection Paper
Rebecca Lewis
INF 103
Debra Austin
March 14, 2011

What are the advantages and disadvantages of synchronous and asynchronous learning in an online class with students from different professions living all over the united states-just like Ashford? To be able to understand the advantages and disadvantages of Asynchronous and Synchronous, we have to know what they mean. Asynchronous learning is defined as, no set times for everyone to gather together. Synchronous learning is defined as; all students meet at the same time, even though they are in different locations. With that said the advantages of Asynchronous would be your work alone at your own pace, you set your own schedule, since students can express their thoughts without interruption, and they have more time to reflect on and respond to class materials and their classmates than in a traditional classroom. The disadvantages for some would be the fact that it is not face to face. People learn in different ways. They may need the hands on, like in a classroom setting. The advantages of Synchronous would be, you are a part of a learning group. The disadvantages would be class members as well as the instructor are aware of what you type, when you type it. This means, you don’t have time to fix any spelling and/or grammar errors.

Cyber bullying is a serious issue in today’s schools and business. If everyone adopted and educated people on Netiquette guidelines, would this issue be solved? Explain. Although I was aware of cyber bullying, I did not know to what extent it has become until I had done some research. “ A child who is being cyber bullied may stop using the computer suddenly, have negative reactions to instant messages or emails, may feel uneasy about going back to school, or become uncharacteristically withdrawn”. (Hinduja & Patchin, 2006b). In my opinion, we could educate netiquette until we were blue in the face and it would not solve the problem. People today do not care...
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