Cegep education should remain synchronous to maintain engagement with instructors: Opinion

February 4, 2021
Cegep education should not move towards increasing asynchronous class time while decreasing synchronous time with instructors, writes Jean-Sébastien Bélanger, an instructor in Sorel-Tracy Cegep’s Department of Philosophy. The author discusses the challenges associated with reduced amounts of synchronous classes, and describes the importance of instructors connecting with students in person. Bélanger further argues that distance education is not desirable because it contributes to student disengagement. The author explains that though cegeps have been precarious for almost a year, they have continued to be successful by maintaining a class schedule and a dynamic relationship between students and teachers. Increasing asynchronous distance education, he argues, would damage this environment and alienate students. Journal de Montreal (QC)