Nearly five dozen Cooperative Extension professionals from across the nation gathered to discuss asynchronous programs and how we are making our formerly face-to-face programs available to clientele who want to learn on their own time not necessarily at the same time as everyone else like a webinar.
We and our clientele are busier than ever and often cannot participate in synchronous events, so in order to reach them, we need to turn to provide programs asynchronously. As per the chat, most types of programs we are running include online class styles, videos/recorded webinars, activity kits combined with an online space to provide tips and discussion, Social Media “Live”.
Asynchronous programs can reach all different audiences. Adults and Youth. Individuals, Families, Parents. Producers, Volunteers. Low income. Asynchronous programs can benefit almost everyone!
Many examples of synchronous interaction in addition to asynchronous programs may be effective to keep people engaged and connected, but also having an asynchronous “space” for discussion, chat, utilizing apps such as Marco Polo, Padlet, Slack. Asynchronous programming outputs can be seen through quizzes and evaluations to measure items learned or behavior changes. Other kinds of outputs include reporting virtually: online journaling, record keeping, testimonials.
When asked "are you seeing a difference between in-person educational experiences and asynchronous virtual programming?" There IS a difference!! The pros of having asynchronous programming are: reaching non-traditional audiences, flexibility, and convenience. Cons shared include interactivity challenges, finding appropriate tools.
There are so many tools available to help Cooperative Extension professionals achieve asynchronous programs, check them out:
Graphics- Canva, Adobe Spark
Video- iMovie, Screencast-o-matic, Zoom, YouTube , VidGrid, SnagIt, Vimeo
Online Classes- Google Classroom, Canvas
Team Work Platforms- FB Units, Microsoft Teams
For all the details and full chat, just follow this link!