Tips for blends 7: Keep a balance between the synchronous and asynchronous

Asynchronous media work at your pace – there is no requirement for you to be ‘in synch’ with anyone else. You can consume the contents of books, DVDs and iPods – or their online equivalents – whenever you want; you have similar flexibility when you communicate using email, forums, SMS and social networks.

But there’s something special about participating in a live event in the company of your peers. It focuses your energies and helps to ensure you keep up-to-date with your self-paced learning activities. Synchronous experiences, whether face-to-face, online or on the telephone, enrich a blend and provide it with momentum. Sometimes a blend can be too flexible – it makes it too easy to put off those essential learning tasks until another day.

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