Online communities of learning are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to overcome real-world time constraints. With the rise of remote work and online learning, online communities are becoming an essential tool for learners and educators alike.
One of the major benefits, as identified by Saurabh Tyagi in the article How to Build Effective Online Learning Communities (2013), is overcoming time constraints. Unlike a real world classroom where the instructor only has limited time after lecture to meet for questions and answers, students can send in questions for more indepth investigation to an online discussion format at any time. This asynchronous type of learning can empower students to ask questions at their own learning pace.
Online communities of learning are always 'on', offering greater flexibility, accessibility, and support for students without the constraint of real-world time.