Teaching Online: Balancing Synchronous & Asynchronous Teaching


This OER presents the benefits and challenges from both asynchronous and synchronous teaching ; while the OER also presents some practice implications for educators to consider.

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

In a synchronous (real-time) teaching context, a lecturer can use lecture capture/lecturecast software (e.g. Panopto),video conferencing tools (e.g. Collaborate Ultra/Zoom), or text-based interfaces (e.g. chat functions) to interact with students in real-time. Asynchronous teaching might involve students engaging with short lecture captures (e.g.Panopto), webinar recordings, and/or collaborating with time delays in discussions via forums, blogs, wikis which are moderated and facilitated by the lecturer.

Related OER

The toolkit is a set of 8 modules, delivered and accessible asynchronously, online, incorporating elements of information literacy, critical thinking and academic writing skills to allow students prepare for and complete an assignment in line with best practice in academic integrity.

Assignment Toolkit


A brief showcase of existing MTU Crawford initiatives that nurture wellness within teaching and learning, followed by an online talk and Q&A, delivered by Rhonda Schaller (Pratt Institute, Brooklyn). Rhonda is a Fulbright Specialist in contemplative and wellbeing pedagogy.

The DkIT Embedding Employability project represents the latest step in the Institute’s commitment to our graduates’ employability. Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, as part of their SATLE Fund 2019, the project has offered staff, students, and employers an opportunity to exchange employability best practice.

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URL: https://www.tcd.ie/CAPSL/Assets/pdf/Academic%20Practice%20Resources/Balancing-synch-asynch-teaching.pdf