If we view online communication like a tennis match, the tennis ball is returned much more immediately in synchronous settings than in asynchronous settings.

Students can interact synchronously in Zoom class sessions or learning pods, and asynchronously through discussion forums, chat or email. Regardless of setting, effective communication occurs when students respectfully engage and reciprocate.

We have grouped communication into two categories: Asynchronous and Synchronous. Take a look at each page in this section for more details on how to effectively communication in email, discussion forums and live sessions.