Within the last decade, the ability of going to college without ever getting out of your pajamas has become a reality. The information technology of today has brought virtual classrooms into any home with an internet connection. But is taking classes out of home, in spare time, giving the digital student a better education, or giving him the ability to slack off in a whole new dimension?
Although traditional classes have the benefit of familiarity and create a more motivational learning environment, students should take online courses because they are much more convenient and ultimately give the student instant access to a plethora of information with the click of a button. Traditional classes still make up the majority of college courses offered because they hold the advantage of familiarity and in many aspects they are still beneficial especially for students who need to be motivated to learn. Waking up can be a burden to the hung over American college student.
Therefore, when that task is finally accomplished, actually getting out of the dorm and going to class can further awaken the student. Once in the classroom, paying attention to the professor is easy. Though often, understanding material can be difficult. Traditional classes give the student the ability to visit the professor and work out any issues that may have arisen during class. For students with a lack of stimulus, traditional classes have a rigid structure of which the student can adhere to and can get the work done to pass the class.
The conveniences of a traditional course are completely outweighed by the conveniences of an online course such as flexible work hours, personal pacing, and a less expensive total cost. Everyone has attended a class where they had absolutely no idea what the professor was talking about because they were unable to do the homework. We all lead complicated and busy lives, so getting homework done on time can often be difficult. Online courses offer the possibility of working week by week on activities that can be done at ones own pace, in ones spare time – whenever that may be.
Being able to get up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and sit at my computer for a few hours reading over lectures and doing homework in the comfort of my house makes life a little easier. I don’t have to worry about leaving my house early to get a parking spot, only to find it may have been faster if I had just walked to school. I don’t have to skip out on fun activities with friends because I had to pay for a parking permit. By around noon I have a sense of accomplishment because I have actually done something productive.
If I do happen to have a late night, I can wake up later than usual and know that I’m not behind schedule. I can work at any time during the day and not be left behind. The amount of accessible information on the computer makes an online class somewhat easier than traditional classes. For instance, imagine that you are in a traditional class that has just been assigned a paper to write about some of the significant events in 20th century America. You decide the best place to start would be the library.
Although, when you get there the books with the most relevant information have already been checked out. You then drive to the local library. In the traffic, you begin to pray they have the books. You finally find the book you want. As the librarian checks the book out for you she gives you a shameful look, you still haven’t returned the last book you checked out; eight months ago. Getting back home you find the book has a strange purple stain on the majority of the pages you need. You think to yourself, there must be an easier way.
Online courses not only have the benefit of working out of home, but they are linked to millions of pages of information through the internet. Most professors of online courses have links to relevant sites that can help you find information on the topic. This eliminates the often-frustrating trips to the library. Online, every student in the class can “check out” the same sources at the same time. This makes taking an online class less time consuming and somewhat simpler that a traditional course.
Not only are assignments easier to complete, but also sources of information online are ample and always at hand, enabling the student to absorb material more in depth. Online classes are better than traditional classes. They are keeping up with the demands of today’s students, because of the hectic lives we lead online classes are inherently superior to traditional classes. While traditional classes are where we began our formal educational experience, in today’s society, where we all lead exceedingly busy lives, having the option of learning from home is essential to continuing our education.