Feedback: Noun

feedback LELB Societyinformation or statements of opinion about something, such as a new product, that provide an idea of whether it is successful or liked:
Have you had any feedback from customers about the new soap?
positive/negative feedback

Feedback is the breakfast of champions.

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  1. “Between the two modes of communication (i.e., synchronous and asynchronous), which one seems to play a more important role in generating the sense of social presence among online L2 learners? Please give some reasons for your choice.”

    Both synchronous and asynchronous elearning have their advantages and disadvantages. While one approach may be more effective than the other in a given situation, it is not to say it is best for all learning situations.
    • In synchronous learning, the instructor and the students are present at the same time and place (whether a physical location or virtual). Examples of synchronous online technology types include videoconferencing, webcasts, interactive learning models, and telephone conferences. So, synchronous learning often employs classroom style elements, such as group discussions, team activities, and other element with an instructor supervises. Moreover, the meaningful interaction in synchronous elearning offers the opportunity for learners to become actively engaged in the course and participate in the class by asking questions, sharing and collaborating in discussions in real-time. In addition, the ability to collaborate with peers can go a long way in providing an overall sense of satisfaction and achievement in the learner, and can positively affect the overall learning outcomes of the course. Also, instructors can explain certain concepts when students are struggling. But as for the disadvantages of synchronous, both the student and the instructor have to adhere to time schedules. Besides, much of the training depends on the quality of the instructor. Also, Students may not receive individual attention if other students are also in need.

    • Asynchronous learning is independent learning, and students can proceed at any time and at their own pace, whether the instructor and the other students are present or not. So, there is much more time for reflection in an asynchronous elearning environment, which can allow for a more thorough understanding of the material, as there is no time pressure nor even immediate peer pressure to get to grips with the work. Furthermore, asynchronous learning is a stand-alone approach, designed specifically for self-study. Besides, there is the opportunity to review outside resources to aid instruction. Therefore, students will gain knowledge from interacting with, reading, watching, and listening to different types of content. In addition, asynchronous is a great method for students who are juggling training as well as their normal workload and personal life. But as for the disadvantages asynchronous, some students may struggle without constant guidance and interaction. Also, not all instruction is best suited for self-paced learning. And access to an instructor and getting answers in real time are limited.
    In conclusion, while synchronous and asynchronous learning each have their advantages and drawbacks, the best approach is based on multiple factors such as the students and their learning needs, the type of content, the time availability of learners, etc. More to the point, in order to overcome these limitations the two learning types should be integrated and utilized to support student needs within an online learning environment called blended learning such as what you see in Lelb society.

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