Reflect: Consider for a moment the role of synchronous learning in the virtual classroom and the exploration of various synchronous applications. Using the lesson as a point of reference, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the open source versus commercial software in relation to synchronous learning in your blog.

In a synchronous learning environment, open source as well as commercial software both play an important role. Often times, software that must be purchased offers more valuable resources to students since it is tailored specifically for a certain niche; whereas with open source, students may need to sift through free resources in order to find exactly what will work best for them.

Answer: When would an open source application take precedence over a commercial product? What are the issues when choosing between Open Source vs. Commercial Software?

Open source software can provide a wider range of students with free learning opportunities when they are outside of the classroom. Commercial software certainly has it perks, but if it’s only available to students while they are at school, then its resources are limited.

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