Online classes have come a long way in terms of technology,
quality, and flexibility. Earning your degree online lets you “attend class” without disrupting your career and family.
But taking an online class isn’t for everyone. Is it right
for you? Here are some pros and cons on taking an online class...
Pro: No Distractions
In a classroom, interruptions and unrelated conversations
happen. Not in an online class, which requires both you and instructor to
always be focused and on task.
Con: No Distractions
Because there are no interruptions, your entire instruction
time is dedicated to the lesson. Your full attention is required if you want to
pass the online class.
It also means no one can ask, "Will this be on the
test?" Expect everything on the test.
Pro: More Class
More variety in course subjects means having a say on what
class you take. More degrees and classes are available online, so you can sign
up for a class that actually interests you.
Con: Online Classes
Are Just As Hard
Even though there isn’t a classroom, online coursework tends
to be just as hard (if not harder than) a traditional course. That’s because
your professor wants you to prove you’re learning the course information and
ensure the highest academic standards.
Don’t expect a cakewalk just because you aren’t face-to-face
with your professor. Do expect greater accountability for your work in an
Flexibility, Not Deadlines
Online classes give you the convenience to watch and read class lectures on your schedule.
However, deadlines on homework, papers, quizzes, and tests are fixed. Stay on
top of your due dates.
Con: Some Classes Are
Less Flexible Than Others
Online classes are either synchronous or asynchronous. Synchronous online classes require you
and your instructor to be online at the same time for class participation. Asynchronous online classes let you
access course materials for each week’s lesson when it fits best in your
schedule. Pay close attention to which kind of online class you sign up for and
what’s expected of you.
Pro: Save Money
There’s no driving to and from class, and many online
classes post required readings online. These costs quickly add up for a
traditional student. NAU also offers the most affordable tuition rates in
Con: Online Platforms
At NAU, your online classroom is on BbLearn.
Although you have access to discussion boards, you do not get the face-to-face
interaction with your instructor and your peers. If this is important to you,
arrange time to video chat with your classmates or instructor.
Taking an online class doesn’t have to be scary. Remember
that you receive the same guidance and resources as traditional classroom students.
By knowing what to expect from an online
class, you can decide if taking an online class is right for you.
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