We asked? The definition is one of the lies people tell themselves about online education, explains James Ernest from Psy.
Which Of The Following Statements About Online Learning Is True? Psy
Do teachers trust it?
Look: we love college. Is college the best thing ever? Probably not. It can be tough (I’ll be honest: my first year of college was hard), there is a lot of information to consume, classes are a pain in the butt, and finding the time for a semester break is next to impossible for many of us.
Whether or not college is the best thing to happen to a person is, in my humble opinion, a matter of opinion. With all of that being said, as an early college graduate, I’m not trying to stand up here to trash college, I’m here to point out that the online learning experience may not be the most trusted nor most convenient way to be an academic powerhouse.
Personally, I feel like online learning is about 30% better than the real thing. Oh, and there are extra perks. In addition to the educational benefits, there are also all of the downfalls, like the dreaded 24-hour classes.
Trust is the number one thing keeping teachers from not only joining a platform, but staying on a platform. Ever have a friend ask you a question and not be able to get through the entire answer because you both just woke up and couldn’t keep up? That’s what happens when you have a 4 p.m. class next to you the day the midterm is due.
Online programs give you time to notice that something is amiss with your research. Almost every study will show that students who never change the screen, and think everything is a click away, leave schools and relationships much earlier than their peers. I had enough trouble with this personally, and it’s the reason I now only use around one classroom a semester.
There are a few advantages:
In addition to the academic benefits, there are also all of the downfalls, like the dreaded 24-hour classes.
Sharing: Since you’re not on a regular, regular campus, you can probably transfer the sharing mentality into your everyday life. Whether it’s with your best friends, family, or from being heavily involved in the video game community, sharing your passions for gaming or your favorite books is a big part of life. In this way, you are constantly building your reputation. Maybe one of your favorite games or books will come in handy when you need to win an argument in class, or when it comes to making a business proposal in a situation where you have to come to the consensus.
You can do it with people you know. Everyone has a college friend you’ve known for years and you’ve all hung out together on Facebook or on a dating app. You know they won’t be conforming to the same rules, rules, and regulations as your course of study. They may even change their profile picture on Instagram to a photo of a career they’re interested in pursuing.
Your close friends may be your closest allies while you’re in school. They may have decided to skip college altogether or decide to earn an additional degree in order to best equip themselves for the next stage of their life. Because they can all better see how you’re doing from class to class, you’ll be able to maintain their trust as you transition off your own campus.
As a two-time book club owner, I can tell you that not every book or novella needs to be shared. You could literally throw a windowpane over the front porch of your dorm and allow everyone to enjoy the afternoon read after class has officially begun.
Book clubs can have massive and interactive discussions, you can even have a dedicated shelf of your own for your friends to read the book in anticipation of them running out to pick it up as soon as it’s available. Before you rush off the lecture halls and into your classrooms, think about what your friends will benefit from when you inevitably have to read on a Saturday night.
Every single student has a story of getting dumped by someone online. They could have had a child or gotten married during finals week and chose to break up with their “partner” on the internet to regain the precious hours they had available to themselves. When I was in college, people literally lied about having something important to say or tell on a text message so no one would know why they were a no-show. But knowing how online platforms and apps, and how they integrate into almost every aspects of our lives, it’s easy to do the same.
This is not to say that the online learning experience can’t possibly succeed or be a worthwhile alternative to traditional classifying. But the problem is, most people just aren’t learning the way they are supposed to if they’re not taking offline classes that teach them to think, question, and share while having real time with people who are rooting for them.