Synchronous Online Learning: A Game Changer in K-12 Education

Daryl Chesley
January 11, 2024

In the past three years, the landscape of K-12 education has undergone a significant transformation. The rise of synchronous online learning platforms has been a pivotal part of this change. Proximity Learning continues to be at the forefront of these developments, leading the field in how this revolutionary instructional delivery has increased equity and accessibility to students nationwide.

The Rise of Synchronous Online Learning

Synchronous online learning, with its live, real-time instruction, has steadily gained acceptance in the education industry. Platforms such as ours have become more effective at delivering quality instruction, breaking down geographical barriers and leveling the playing field for all students.

A key reason for this acceptance is the ability of synchronous platforms to mimic the traditional classroom environment. Our teachers provide immediate feedback, foster social interaction, and support collaborative learning. This approach has shown to enhance student engagement, leading to better test results and overall performance.

The Impact on Equity and Accessibility

The beauty of synchronous online learning lies in its potential to bring about increased equity in education. Students from remote areas or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who might otherwise struggle to access quality teachers, can now learn from experienced educators in real time.

Moreover, these platforms also provide flexibility. They cater to different learning styles and paces, making education more personalized and thereby, more effective for all students.

Improved Student Performance and Engagement

Synchronous online learning platforms like ours have a demonstrable impact on student performance. For instance, a study conducted by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education found that students in a synchronous online environment performed comparably to their counterparts in traditional classrooms.

Furthermore, synchronous learning has been found to increase student engagement. A study published in the Journal of Educational Computing Research showed that students in synchronous online classes reported higher levels of engagement than those in asynchronous classes.

A Worthwhile Investment for Long-Term Success

Investing in synchronous instruction solutions is not just a short-term strategy to navigate the current education landscape - it's a long-term investment in the success of our students. By leveraging real-time, online learning environments, we are paving the way for a more equitable and accessible future of education.

The rise of synchronous online learning platforms marks a significant step forward in K-12 education. With their potential to increase equity, accessibility, and student performance, these platforms are undeniably shaping the future of education. Join Proximity Learning in leading learning this year.

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about the author
Daryl Chesley

Dr. Daryl Chesley serves as the Director of Innovation at Proximity Learning. His areas of oversight include Curriculum Development & Implementation, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Organizational Innovations, Asynchronous Instruction, Institutional Funding and Proximity Learning’s Instructional Metaverse Development.

Prior to joining Proximity Learning, he held many leadership roles in public education and non-profit Healthcare education: including teacher, coach, High School Principal, Director and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction / Chief Academic Officer. He served in the US Navy. He attended Villanova University for undergraduate and earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University. Daryl currently serves on the Board of Directors for Maine ASCD.

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