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technology well: they design lessons same time, whereas asynchronous that require students to respond to the lessons do not. Both kinds have teacher and to one another, and then advantages and disadvantages, and the teacher intervenes with those considering online education corrections, adjustments and should weigh the tradeoffs. refinements. Finally, such lessons The advantage of synchronous allow students to display their lessons lies with the immediacy of real- improved understanding— time interaction, which allows for understanding that follows upon both quick adjustments, clarifications and their teacher’s interventions and refinements as people engage one responses from their fellow students. another. Synchronicity also allows for These lessons foster true learning. The principles of sympathy and fellowship undergird all effective lessons, but in their Asynchronous lessons have the advantage not only of flexibility, but also of greater