Students' perception about virtual chat (synchronous) and discussion board (asynchronous) course content delivery
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Choosing appropriate methods of online delivery has become a problem because, controversies surround the relative learning benefits of synchronous and asynchronous discussions, which are the most common online delivery methods. A study of the perceptions of students about the impact of synchronous (virtual chat) and asynchronous (discussion board) methods of delivery in their contribution to high learning effectiveness was done. An online questionnaire was created and administered to students via blackboard. The test groups were bachelor's and master's students and full and part- time working students in the Industrial Management and Technology Programs - University of Central Missouri. A t-Test analysis showed there was no significant difference in the mean perception on learning effectiveness between each groups of students but majority agreed both methods contributed to higher learning effectiveness.