Educational Technology: Two Key Types

Education Technology Insights | Friday, August 27, 2021


Computer-based training differs from traditional learning in that it does not require the use of a classroom, textbooks, or manuals. Instead, films and animation can be added in Computer-Based Training (CBT) to help students better understand the topics.


FREMONT, CA: Educational Technology (also known as EduTech or EdTech) is the dawn of a new age in education. The days of going to school to learn and obtain information are long gone. Individuals are no longer only reliant on institutions and textbooks because online education has made it possible for people to get graduate degrees or diplomas without attending college.

Synchronous and asynchronous learning and linear learning are the two main types of educational technology. Take a closer look at each of these educational technology categories to gain a better understanding.

Synchronous and Asynchronous

Synchronous learning, which means "being or occurring at the same time," refers to sharing thoughts and facts about specific topics with others simultaneously. Examples are face-to-face discussions, chat rooms or virtual classrooms, live teaching and feedback sessions, Skype conversations, and other situations where people are online and working together. Because the students are working in groups, they can broaden their horizons by listening to what others have to say about the same themes. This will also assist them in learning and gathering more information, increasing their knowledge.

The term asynchronous refers to something that is not happening in real-time. As a result, blogs, emails, online textbooks, audio/video courses, hypertext documents, wikis, and other forms of asynchronous learning are commonly used. Students can learn at their own pace using this form of educational equipment. They can reread the lesson without falling behind in class if they do not grasp it the first time. Students can complete their program while pursuing internships, employment, or sports through online classes, or if they fail, they can retake the subject without the embarrassment of being in the same class as younger students.

Linear Learning

Liner learning is the second most common type of instructional technology.CBT is a type of linear learning in which information about the program is supplied to students' computers, tablets, or cellphones. It appears to be similar to reading an online handbook or book. It is typically used to educate static processes like how to operate software or solve math problems. Web-based course is similar to this training (sent over the internet using a web browser)

CBT differs from traditional learning in that it does not require the use of a classroom, textbooks, or manuals. Instead, films and animation can be added in CBT to help students better understand the topics. Furthermore, utilizing CBT, assessments such as multiple-choice questions, drag-and-drop, and others can be conveniently stored and recorded using web software while concurrently providing feedback/results to users. Finally, users can obtain the outcome in the form of a certificate over the internet.

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