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  1. This was a great article and having taken asynchronous courses recently, I realize how limited they are in achieving deep learning. While flexibility is the main benefit of asynchronous courses, that flexibility comes with a price – laziness of the student. Sure, we can do the work whenever we have time, but also, we dont have to do something “in the moment” – we can just delay the work that needs to be done.
    While the synchronous class is much more ideal, I see the technical abilities of the instructor and the stability of the software as two main issues that can come up. I work with an online platform called ClassIn these days – and keeping teachers trained and updated with the new functionalities is a challenge. Also, the platform has regular updates to fix bugs, that it can impact class start times.
    In my province (Ontario) online learning is seen as a way to “fix” many current issues in the class (save $$, bigger class sizes), but the move to online learning also has many challenges that need to be overcome.

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