What is asynchronous learning?

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As a seasoned music educator, you understand the importance of continuous learning for your students, and for yourself. Broadening your knowledge and further pursuing your passion while keeping up with emerging musical trends and technologies can have a tremendous impact on your teaching career.

While the idea of going back to school to earn your master’s degree in music education sounds ideal, dropping everything to attend classes at a university isn’t always feasible. Thankfully, online programs that emphasize asynchronous learning allow working professionals to stay at their current jobs while pursuing a master’s degree.

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Let’s take a closer look at what defines asynchronous learning, why it’s beneficial for students and how you can take advantage of it in a Master of Music in music education program like the one offered at Kent State.

What is asynchronous learning?

According to the Glossary of Education Reform created by the Great Schools Partnership, asynchronous learning is defined as different forms of instruction, education and learning that can occur in different places at different time periods. Asynchronous learning is most commonly used to describe learning that takes place digitally, such as in an online classroom. An asynchronous learning environment offers the most flexibility for students with a busy lifestyle. For someone who wants to pursue a degree while continuing to work full-time, this type of learning provides an opportunity to attend virtual lectures, engage in discussions on message boards and complete coursework at you own pace.

Not all online work is asynchronous. There are digital options available for students to log in and interact at the same time. Some examples of forms of synchronous learning include educational video conferences, interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions and live lectures. Online programs at universities are offered in a variety of formats — synchronous, asynchronous or blended.

Why is asynchronous learning beneficial?

The flexibility of asynchronous learning is what makes it such as popular option for continuing education, but there are many other reasons why you can benefit from asynchronous learning, and how it relates back to music education:

Learn at your own pace. Online learning that’s flexible can enable you to develop a personalized study regimen that suits your unique schedule and needs. This way of learning gives students new perspective on teaching methodologies, which can help you introduce flexibility and adapt your teaching style for students in your own classroom.

Collaborate with students and teachers. While synchronous learning may seem like the best way to interact face-to-face with fellow students and teachers, online learning tools can enable you to work just as closely with your peers asynchronously. Professors teaching online use message boards, emails, live sessions and chat opportunities to ensure that the “classroom” provides a sense of community for online learners, regardless of when you sign in. Your experience with online collaboration will allow you to show your students new ways of working together both inside and outside the classroom.

Improve your digital skills. Today, having a firm grasp on digital interfaces, technology and software can set you apart from others when competing for a job opportunity. Since asynchronous learning defines your online curriculum, you’ll learn how get comfortable with technology as it continues to emerge. As a music educator, this can come in handy in the classroom when you have to teach your students how to use music notation software and more.

How Kent State enables asynchronous learning

The Kent State online Master of Music in music education program is offered 100 percent online, allowing you to take advantage of asynchronous learning and earn your degree in as few as 23 months.

With this flexibility, you can continue pursuing your full-time career while gaining a new understanding and appreciation for the world of music education.

Online learning doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice education quality. Kent State is a regionally accredited and highly ranked university that works to provide students the best educational experience. Some of its accreditations and rankings include:

  • Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Ranking among the nation’s top 74 public high-research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Affiliation with the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

By furthering your studies in music education through an asynchronous learning format such as the one offered in the online Master of Music in music education at Kent State, you can prepare yourself for a higher position in your field while continuing to work at your current job. Visit musicedmasters.kent.edu or call 1-888-989-7072 to speak with an enrollment advisor today.

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