Computer Mediated Communications offers a rich set of tools that can be used to support a variety of learning experiences. The instructor is not limited to one set of services or tools but can use several to create a learning environment which will best suit his or her students’ learning needs.

  • Students have a chance to reflect as individuals.
  • Students can collect their research links in one spot.
  • Students can receive contextual feedback from their peers and instructor in one space (via the comment function.)
  • RSS allow new posts to be ‘pushed’ to requesting parties

Some technologies allow for synchronous and asynchronous communications, others simulate classroom learning environments, while still others can be targeted to specific educational theories and learning styles

It is an ideal delivery mode for individuals in different geographical locations and time zones, or even those whose work schedules or other obligations have kept them from furthering their education. It is also more of a leveler than either face-to-face or synchronous communication because all participants have an equal opportunity to contribute, and those who have trouble speaking up in traditional face-to-face classes because of language differences or other reasons can take time drafting a thoughtful written reply

This mode of communication allows time to think about a given subject and formulate thoughts. Another advantage of the asynchronous environment is that the learning does not have to be geared to the average student. Those who want to research a subject in more depth can do so, and those who are slower learners can review material as many times as needed. Technically, asynchronous environments often do not require a high bandwidth connection and can often be accessed with lower hardware requirements.