“Online Courses Are Cost Effective But Detrimental To Learning,” an article written by James McWilliams, providing insight to online classes and if they are actually worth taking. As stated by James McWilliams, 33 percent of college students take at least one online class, 17.6 percent of students take mixed classes (online, in-class, and hybrid classes), and 15.4 percent of students take online-only classes. Online classes are being used more and more because for colleges, they are cheaper, and for students, they are more flexible than being in an actual class, where you can usually work on it any time that you can.
The reality for many college students, myself included, is you do more than just go to school and do homework. As a person with a full-time job, it’s hard to schedule classes around my work hours, and if I can’t then i’m getting less hours at work, and as a college student, I need all the money I can get. I did not take any online classes in high-school, but having a job and going to school means finding things that work, and sometimes that means having to take an online class. At first, I didn’t mind having an online class. I was driven to get my work done efficiently, getting everything done at a steady pace and turning everything in on time and getting good grades, but it didn’t last long. I started to fall behind and I kept putting it off, and it wasn’t until I read the article in class by James McWilliams, that I started to question if I should take online classes.
Do online classes help, or hurt you in the long run? There is no definite answer. There are plenty of pros to online classes, such as; flexible schedules, set due dates (mostly), being able to reach your teacher by email, working on it when you can, etc. But, with pros also come cons, such as; falling behind, not sticking to a schedule, waiting until last minute, having questions, not being able to reach the teacher, etc. Of course, these are coming from my personal experiences with online classes. I feel that online classes could really help, but at the same time online classes are a lot of responsibility, and finding time to work on them can be challenging. So, are online classes bad to take? Do they help? The answer is, it depends on the person. Some people can stay to a set schedule, while others not-so-much and it’s better when they have someone they have to physically walk into a classroom and see, helps them get their work done. I personally do not feel that online classes are good, while a lot of students cheat their way through them or just do everything at the very beginning of the semester so they don’t have to do anything else the rest of it. There is no definite answer, but I feel that online classes don’t personally work for me.
Heithecker, Julia A. A Comparison of the Educational Effectiveness of Online Versus in-Class Computer Literacy Courses, Idaho State University, Ann Arbor, 2013. ProQuest, http://nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1373343125?accountid=9935. Accessed 16 Apr. 2019.
“A Comparison of the Educational Effectiveness of Online Versus in-Class Computer Literacy courses” presents the finding of a study performed to show how online classes versus in-class classes affect grades, and the actual learning process. Through the comparison, although online classes are more convenient, cost-effective, and flexible for the working students, the parents, etc, being in an actual classroom and being able to interact with the other students and the teachers has a better effect on the majority of grades.
Kirtman, Lisa. “Online Versus in-Class Courses: An Examination of Differences in Learning Outcomes.” Issues in Teacher Education, vol. 18, no. 2, 2009, pp. 103-116. ProQuest, http://nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/233320851?accountid=9935. Accessed 16 Apr. 2019.
“Online Versus in-Class Courses” addresses the differences, the challenges, and the outcomes of teaching an online class versus teaching a class in-person. To show the difference, there were groups of students who took the same class in person and online, and found that the in-class student population did slightly better than those who took it online. Many of the students who took the class online said that they missed the student to student interaction, where you can learn from the questions other students have that you didn’t know you needed until they said something about it. Most of the data shows that it depends on the person taking the class, but more people preferred to take the in-class option and performed slightly better than those who had taken the class online.
Moore, Jensen, and Khristen Jones. “The Journalism Writing Course: Evaluation of Hybrid Versus Online Grammar Instruction.” Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, vol. 70, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-25. ProQuest, http://nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1665179546?accountid=9935, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077695814551831.
“The Journalism Writing Course: Evaluation of Hybrid Versus Online Grammar Instruction” presents a new idea, where instead of just looking at a strictly online class comparing it to an in-person class, it’s comparing an in-person class to a hybrid, which is half online and half in person, usually meeting about one day a week for a few hours and the rest of the class being online. Through the study, some students were put into an in-person class, while the other students were placed into a hybrid class to see which would perform better, or which could be a better alternative to the other. In the end, both of the classes performed well and there were no absolute differences, and the learning in both predicaments improved regardless of the class type.
Porter, Andrea L., PharmD., Michael E. Pitterle M.S., and Hayney, Mary S,PharmD., M.P.H. “Comparison of Online Versus Classroom Delivery of an Immunization Elective Course.” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, vol. 78, no. 5, 2014, pp. 1-96. ProQuest, http://nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1544417023?accountid=9935. Accessed 21 Apr. 2019.
“Comparison of Online Versus Classroom Delivery of an Immunization Elective Course” presents the idea that online courses compared to in-class courses have no differences within student preferences. These students were randomly selected to take the course online or to attend the class, and there were no significant differences between scores and opinions on which option would be best. The majority of the students who took part of the online class agreed that they preferred it that way, while the majority that took part of the in-class course said that they would rather have it in-class than they would have it online. There were no significant differences regarding test scores and overall performances between the differences of the class, as the material was the same but the delivery of the material was different.
Willis, Jana, and Lauren Cifuentes. “Training Teachers to Integrate Technology into the Classroom Curriculum: Online Versus Face-to-Face Course Delivery.” Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, vol. 13, no. 1, 2005, pp. 43-63. ProQuest, http://nclive.org/cgi-bin/nclsm?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/200085988?accountid=9935. Accessed 20 Apr. 2019.
“Training Teachers to Integrate Technology into the Classroom Curriculum: Online Versus Face-to-Face Course Delivery” presents the idea that teachers should integrate technology into their classroom as it could help students learn more, even though it’s not an entirely online class. This helps the teachers to broaden their horizons and learn new things that could help them in future situations if they had to go completely digital. In this day and age, it is important for teachers to know how to use technology because it’s how most students know what to use and how to communicate with, so to have teachers integrate technology more into their classroom can be beneficial to the students and the teachers.