Should more online classes be offered?

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Maggie Brown

mbrown245@radford.edu

Online classes can be a huge help to students, especially when you live off campus, and I believe that more online courses should be offered to Radford University’s students. However, I do not think the traditional classroom setting should be a thing of the past. I say this because, in my experience with online classes, I have found that I learn better in an actual classroom setting, not through an online class. I like the traditional classroom because I feel more connected to the class, I can talk to the professor’s face to face, and it is harder for me to procrastinate through a classroom setting than it would be for an online class. Although it is harder for me to learn in online classes, that does not mean it is not beneficial to others. In fact, online courses offer many different pros and cons.

One reason I think more online classes should be offered is that they can help students out with getting more credits. Online credits are also a huge help to students who do not live near campus. Online classes can also offer another way of finishing a class, instead of going to one on campus. Also, some people find it hard to go to an actual class, whether it is due to medical conditions or not being able to travel to campus every day, so online classes offer a better solution to them.

I interviewed two students at Radford to see what their thoughts were on online classes. The first interviewee was CJ, a junior at Radford, who said, “With my experience, I feel like they are worth your while, but, I do feel that they should not take over the traditional classroom setting. Online classes are very convenient, though, especially on a time crunch in a semester. However, a con to online classes would be the fact that you do not have a particular time slot to work with your professor on the topic. You have to work around their schedule and your own, which can be very tricky at times. One pro would be that you could use more resources to help you on your work, but a con to that would be that using those resources would not help you learn the subject. Another con would be that you cannot learn social skills in your dorm or apartment instead of being in a traditional classroom setting.”

The second interviewee was Andrew Sanchez, a junior at Radford and his thoughts were, “If Radford wanted to take on more students who do not live in the residential area and could provide experience online, then yes. I think it could be helpful to students who could not reach campus. I believe that one con to online classes would be that it can hurt a student because it gives them more wiggle room to procrastinate or cheat, but one major pro would be that it can be very helpful with long distance learning.”

So, all in all, online classes have their pros and cons, just like everything else in life. It is honestly a personal call if you as a student prefer them or not. They can either be very helpful into gaining more credits for your degree or can damage your G.P.A.