Synchronous vs Asynchronous

Synchronous vs Asynchronous

Fort Bend ISD will begin the 2020-21 School Year 100% online with limited exceptions. Students served with special education services will launch with face-to-face instruction based on ARD committee decisions. During the period of online learning, students will be required to participate in synchronous and aysnchronous learning. 

 Synchronous Learning

Remote Synchronous Instruction is two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. 

Synchronous Instruction will include:

  • Explicit teaching & modeling of concepts
  • Collaborative activities
  • Formative Assessment & Progress Monitoring
  • Conferring with students and small group instruction


Remote Asynchronous Instruction is instruction that does not require having the instructors and students engaged at the same time.

Asynchronous Instruction will include:

  • Student practice and creation of content
  • Student collaboration & feedback with peers using digital tools
  • Opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding
  • Student self-assessment and goal setting

At this time, we do not know how long online instruction will continue, but you can trust that systems will be in place to provide a robust online program with both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

Starting school online will allow adults in our schools to refine the established health and safety protocols before introducing students back into the building. It will also provide the opportunity for staff and students to learn and master online learning tools, which will make any swift transition to online learning easier if it becomes necessary to close a classroom or school due to COVID-19. There will be exceptions for a limited number of students to learn at school each day. These details will be shared in the near future. 

Note: During this period of online learning, participation in co- and extra-curricular programs will also be online. 

Improved online experience

Students and families will experience an improved online experience as we begin the year.

This will include:

Learning Experience Delivery

  • Scheduled live synchronous instruction via video conferencing tools
  • Daily asynchronous learning experiences according to a defined schedule
  • Streamlined technology tools to support consistency and student engagement

Use of Schoology

  • Improved course organization using a standardized folder structure within Schoology for ease of navigation and consistency for students and parents
  • Standardized communication systems for parents in Schoology
  • Use of calendar and Schoology gradebook features for progress monitoring

Progress Monitoring and Feedback

  • Formative assessments to check for daily student progress through interactive digital tools, student work submissions, and live interaction with teacher
  • Consistent and ongoing feedback within the Learning Management System, Schoology.
  • Grading practices will align to pre-COVID19 practices and include numerical or standards-based grades.

Transition to face-to-face instruction

When FBISD transitions to face-to-face instruction, the intention will be to have all students in daily face-to-face instruction, but planning does give priority to students in Prekindergarten to sixth grade and ninth grade.

Secondary students may participate in a rotation of both online and face-to-face instruction.

When students transition to face-to-face learning, participation in co- and extra-curricular activities will also become face-to-face, with proper safety guidelines in place.