Online Learning » Introduction




Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

Synchronous learning is the kind of learning that happens in real-time. This setting indicates that students and their instructors interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time.  Methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures. 


Asynchronous learning occurs independently. While your course of study, instructor, or program will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, students will have the ability to access and satisfy these requirements within a flexible time frame. Methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules through Canvas, streaming video content, posted lecture notes, and exchanges across discussion boards or other platforms.


How is this different than the Spring of 2020?

The school shut down in the spring taught us numerous lessons in the world of online instruction. As such, the experience will have significant differences from what students encountered in the spring.  The time and work requirements will be vastly increased and coupled with the general nuances of online learning, the student experience will require increased patience and dedication.  


Key aspects of Online Learning:

  • For the best educational experience, we encourage students to follow the full instructional day plan according to the school day. 

  • Parents and students have the option to complete daily assignments each day as the family schedule permits.
  • Content learning and activities will be planned by the teacher to ensure each student receives their full instructional minutes with consistent feedback to promote growth. 

  • Instruction will include pre-recorded videos and real-time virtual lessons. 

  • Data-driven, personalized enrichment and intervention will be provided for students, as needed.  

  • The same scope and sequence will be followed for students in all models of instruction. 


Students will need to have technology available at all times.  When requested, MISD will provide online school students with electronic devices.