Give a little academic flexibility and we might actually see more meaningful outcomes for students...
Wow!~this is so true! The expectation from students and institutions that to deliver the same content as in the classroom is a very important issue to reflect on. I am dealing with the same perceptions and will continue to think and research this idea -- and may write something. I can see how pressure from parents and students is holding back educational reform in Japan as well, but the science shows differently.
Royal Roads U, where I studied has a teaching policy of 50 percent of the work that must be activity-based which fits in with your idea of 50/50 (content/activity) in synchronous sessions. I do feel the 50/50 split works well. Here is the link to the RRU teaching model and may help. https://ctet.royalroads.ca/learning-teaching-research-model