Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Students will start the school year through remote learning modes. The students will need to have access to the internet and a device in order to be able to interact live with the teacher. For asynchronous learning, students need to be able to utilize the learning management system but can also participate in class utilizing smart phones, email, or other means of communication.

Synchronous Instruction: TEA defines it as a two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method the students are required to meet the following minutes virtually:

3-5 180 minutes
6-12: 240 minutes

The students must be “present” virtually utilizing a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC 28.002.

Remote Asynchronous Instruction: TEA defines this as instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as pre-recorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC 28.002.

● Synchronous learning occurs when learners and instructors are interacting in real time, typically through delivery platforms.
● Students must adhere to a schedule for engagement in the classroom and to be counted present.
● Parents must commit to distance learning in writing.
● Progress monitoring is required for synchronous learning.
● TEA will not allow synchronous learning for PK-2.

● Asynchronous learning is an instructional design that allows students to access content or participate in learning outside of the classroom and at their convenience.
● The distance learning platform must have the ability to identify when students log-in for attendance and progress monitoring.
● The instructor must communicate with student on a daily basis via email, telephone, learning platform, etc.
● Progress monitoring is required for all asynchronous learners.
● TEA allows asynchronous learning for PK-12.