Friday Forum #1
Today's Friday Forum will be about online classes. Just so I make myself clear, I've never actually taken an online class- the closest I came was some lame ed. class that was more of a correspondance course and I ended up not finishing it because there was such an extreme amount of busy work and I had just had my second baby and was not really up for it. (the class, not the baby.) I did have a field experience student who was supposedly getting a master's in education (or was it teaching? and what exactly is the difference?) and her classes were all online.
Here's where I am with the online class: as a student, I would have loved it- do the work whenever it fit into the day, wear my jammies and not have to GO to class. No more yadyada. As a teacher, I think it would also be easier in some ways. Post assignments, students send them back electronically, or not. "Teach" class in my jammies, post stuff whenever it's convenient.
As a semi-responsible PERSON, however, I think it's important to GO to a college class. The whole experience- quirky profs, fascinating, irritating, inspiring profs; annoying non-traditional students, slacker types, people going through similar experiences that you are. I don't think that all classes can or should be offered as online courses. In my ed. classes, which, I'm sorry to say, weren't that challenging, I learned from the annecdotes the profs and other students contributed way more than textbook material. Plus, if you're not actually, physically there, isn't there opportunity for cheating galore?
What do you guys think of online classes? Anyone taken one? Taking one? Teaching one?
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