Tired of the amount of homework you have? Do you have too much reading to do? Worried about finishing all those practice questions before that quiz tomorrow?
Well, while this blog doesn’t have the answer to question number twelve, it may make you feel better to know that students aren’t the only ones who are constantly learning and researching! Teachers not only have to keep up with developments in their field of choice, they also have to keep a finger on the advances in schooling and education. With the development and implementation of continuing education programs, there are many articles that have come out praising or condemning online classes.
These articles ask some interesting questions. Consider these questions carefully, because they directly impact you: Are online courses as good as traditional classes for your learning style? Are they better? Worse? Does the convenience of online classes outweigh any disadvantages you face? Are you being given a first-rate education with all of the advantages of an online course or are you sacrificing excellence in order to be able to pause and play lectures at your leisure?
Recently, some studies on these issues have been published and conclusions made that have Colorado State University faculty and staff sharing their views. Al Powell, Director of Learning Technologies for Colorado State University, has written a response to one such article, a response which reaffirms a dedication to expanding online classes as well as a high standard of quality for these classes. At Colorado State, staff and university resources help to expand online programs in continuing education and individual faculty members remain committed to providing a quality education to their students.
Taking a course online has many great advantages, some of which we have discussed over the last few weeks in this blog: time and space flexibility, increased teacher-student interaction, etc. But there are also disadvantages as we know: there is no one to physically sit down with you, no outside motivation, and so on. With all of these pros and cons, the bottom line can become muddied and there is no intuitively right answer. While teachers may hope that their efforts create challenging and vibrant environments conducive to learning, in the end it is only you, the student, who can say whether or not it’s working for you.
So tell us what you think about the online classes and programs you’ve been a part of and whether or not they’re effective for your learning style. This blog is all about you, the student, and here is your chance to weigh in on the quality of the education you are receiving! We’d love to hear your thoughts!