A debatable topic today is online classes vs. traditional classes. Recently, I discovered the downfalls to online classes. I always thought online classes would be so convent for the single working mom. Unfortunately, my eyes were opened to the realization that I was in way over my head. In my opinion online classes are definatly inferior compared to traditional classes because of complicated network problems, the low level to practically no level of student teacher interaction, and a serious lack of accountability.
I have never been more frustrated than my online class this summer. I sat down at my laptop feeling so excited to be a modern day student. As I began my frustration grew and grew as I encountered one network problem after network problem. I was sent from one link to another, and yet again another. Until about two hours and a few handfuls of hair later I had finally arrived at my site. Now this is where my confusion really began. I looked over my homework assignment and decided to attempt to do it. O got threw about three questions and needed to refer back to my textbook for some help, but of course my book was online. So I had to click and scroll for about thirty minuets, by the time I found the example I couldn’t get back to the question section. I finally arrived and in the process of entering my answer the lovely Arizona monsoons had knocked me off line. It was at this moment that my advisors voice was going thru my head “You’ll love the convenience of online classes.” Ah yes, this was much more convenient than a traditional class. This is just one example of why online classes are a poor choice for education. Even a motivated learner may not have the patience for these difficult network problems.
Lack of teacher and peer interaction is detrimental to the learning experience. In the traditional class not only is the teacher available for questions and feed back but also fellow students can share advice and...
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