Scenario 2B - Asynchronous communication
Asynchronous communication is mostly suited when the emphasis is on peer to peer communication aimed at discussing possible solutions to a problem or collaboratively producing artefacts in relatively small groups. This modality is more in line with socio-constructivist learning theories, because the permanent nature of the messages facilitates reflection on content. It also has great advantages because it leaves participants relatively free to choose the content and time of their contributions, allowing each individual to contribute on the basis of their own competence, dispositions and time constraints. This is particularly useful when participants are spread across different time zones or have limited time to stay online.
Using this mode of communication in online courses is important because Family and Community Nurses will need to get used to it, since they will be engaged in field work and this may prevent them from using synchronous communication frequently while they work.
Note that when asynchronous communication is used in the context of online collaborative activities, this needs to be supported by a tutor, a person in charge of launching the activities, monitoring the collaborative process, triggering the discussion and in general helping groups to converge towards the objectives.
FORUM. This is a specific functionality of online learning environments aimed to support asynchronous communication: Watch the following video to learn how to set up a forum.
If you want to learn more about how to support collaboration among Family and Community Nurses (FCNs), you can follow the link T3 “How can I support collaboration among FCNs in my online course?”
If you want to learn more about how to support practice sharing among Family and Community Nurses (FCNs), you can follow the link T4 “How can I support practice sharing among FCNs in my online course?”