Online classes offer students or anyone who chooses to take a class the chance to build their own schedule. For some students it is easier to take an online class than to attend a class in person. Online classes are a choice that everyone have but that does not mean that everyone should take it like Tom Snyder from the Ivy Tech Community College states in his article, “Students need to determine if online learning is an option for them because not everyone does well with this type of study” (Snyder).
Going to class and sitting in front of a computer are two different environments. Like a professor of Duke University, Dan Ariely, states in the article, “The Plusses and Pitfalls of Teaching Online”:
the problem is that my imagination is limited in many ways, which means that every time I underestimate the clarity, the lecture doesn’t live up to what I could do if I had students in front of me giving me real-time feedback, helping me tailor it to their ...view middle of the document...
Unlike regular classes with an online class students can work at anyplace as long as they have internet access. Even though it allows more freedom sometimes that is not always good. Students still have to set a time to study and do assignments.
Succeeding in an online class depends a lot more on a student. Students now have to make the choices as to when they are going to read, study, take notes, and do assignments. In the article by the University of Illinois, “Weaknesses of Online Learning,” it states that “while an online method of education can be a highly effective alternative medium of education for the mature, self-disciplined student, it is an inappropriate learning environment for more dependent learners” (Illinois Online Network). If a student can do good learning on their own then online classes is an option. If students depend a lot on teachers to learn then they should take classes in person.
On the bright side online classes give an opportunity to students who tend to participate less in a classroom conversation to be able to participate more throughout the computer. People do not know who is behind the computer screen therefore, “when you are talking to a list of students, strangers who you will probably never meet, you may be less likely to care about whose feelings you hurt or how your comments could come off as slanderous”(Ariely). Students now live in a society where people care way too much about what other people think of other people. Online classes can help a self-conscious person to open themselves more. On the dark side there are occasionally students who tend to push limits or surpass them. Like Ariely states in his article online classes, “ increases the likelihood that there will be some people in this tail who are bitter, annoyed, and disgruntled in their personal lives and looking to express this anger in a public space” (Ariely). They both have their ups and downs. But in reality it may be easier for some people to type something than say it face to face.
All students learn differently. It is up to them to decide if online classes are beneficial for themselves. Students learn through experiences. They may choose to try it and figure if it works out for them or not.