asynchronous communicationeducation dictionary

<learning technology> Electronic communication, for example, during a course, that occurs independent of time or location.

Any act of exchanging information involving a delay between the sending and receiving of the message. Participants send messages to a central location (discussion forum) where they are archived for later retrieval from other participants.

An example of asynchronous communication is e-mail.

See: synchronous communication

(09 Mar 2006)