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What is Asynchronous Communication Tools

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Communication does not occur in real time. Communication can be received “any time.” E-mail is an example of an asynchronous tool as an electronic mail message waits for the recipient to open it.
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Bringing Out the Best in Virtual Teams
Janet Schoenfeld (Poole & Associates Inc., USA) and Zane Berge (University of Maryland - Baltimore County, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch029
The use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) is more popular than ever in both educational and corporate settings. Schools and corporations are using virtual communication to replace or supplement in-person classes and meetings. Many educators and managers are taking it a step further, having teams work in a virtual setting with members rarely or never meeting each other in person. Can a virtual team be as successful as a team where everyone works in the same physical location? Does anything different need to be done to compensate for the lack of face-to-face contact? This article identifies unique factors for virtual teams, and then provides recommendations and guidelines that can help virtual teams be successful. With the right planning, virtual teams can equal or exceed the performance of face-to-face teams.
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Asynchronous communication tools allow communication at different times and different places. These tools enable people to connect together at each person’s own convenience. They include different tools such as e-mail, listservs (automated e-mail lists), bulleting boards, newsgroups, blogs, and wikis.
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