What is Asynchronous Learning?

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

-Jerry Seinfeld


People hate public speaking because mistakes happen in real-time. We can’t delete something we regret saying to a live audience. All of the factual errors and verbal tics are part of our presentation, like it or not. When your students record their presentations using VoiceThread, they can keep trying until they nail it.


In addition to revising and editing drafts, VoiceThread enables students to record and teachers to assess presentations on their schedule. Live presentations take up valuable class time.

Even when teachers assign group presentations, it might take weeks to complete them all. That means most students are passively consuming information instead of actively learning new concepts. These ideas are core to the rise in popularity of the flipped class, but they apply to every educator in the modern world.

VoiceThread helps us make presentations better and easier at the same time. That’s asynchronous communication and that’s why VoiceThread produces higher quality than real-time tools.



3 responses to “What is Asynchronous Learning?

  1. I remember being a bit nervous to stand up in front of a class and give a presentation, but afterwards I always felt great. Yes, presentations take up class time, but what about giving a presentation to your boss once you’re in “the real world?” Business executives aren’t going to ask for a pre-recorded presentation.

    I can definitely see the use for VoiceThread as a way to practice, hear how you present, and improve though!

  2. Great point, Cheryl. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. VoiceThread doesn’t have to replace all live presentations, but it can be used just like you said– for the drafting process.
    Most writing teachers want students to develop and improve drafts before submitting their final version and VoiceThread can be used that way as well.

  3. Likewise I remember my recital during my high school years and that my classmate laughs at me when he noticed that my hand is shaking because of the nervous I felt. This is what I have to conquer my fear of public speaking so as the eternal peace which all of us of course afraid too.

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