Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation

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Asynchronous Learning

  • Mike DanaherEmail author
  • Patrick Alan Danaher
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2262-4_129-1



Asynchronous learning is a current development in teaching and learning provision that exploits the affordances of contemporary educational technologies, yet that also links with long-standing interest in the learning advantages of facilitated reflection. From this perspective, asynchronous learning brings education and technology into productive alignment, to the potential benefit of learners and educators alike. At the same time, critiques of asynchronous learning highlight concerns that it is not sufficiently engaging and rigorous for higher education (Reese 2015). Certainly, as with all forms of educational provision, the success of asynchronous learning depends on the active engagement and wholehearted commitment, as well as the sustained self-discipline, of both learners and educators. More broadly, certain critiques reflect the residual assumed primacy...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and the ArtsCentral Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Business, Education, Law and ArtsUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  3. 3.Central Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia
  4. 4.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Parsons
    • 1
  1. 1.The Mind LabAucklandNew Zealand