Are online classes effective? Reply

By Lisa Ortiz & Meghan Carroll1851 Staff & News Editor

COVID-19 has created challenges for many people. Especially, college students. The way we learn differs from person to person. There are visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and linguistic learners. Experiencing both in-person classes and online classes over the past three years, I am convinced that the best way to learn is in a real-life classroom.

When attending class in-person, I’m more awake and aware, rather than Zoom, where I can wake up 30 seconds prior to class and still be “on-time.” Going in-person requires you to get out of bed and make yourself presentable. While in class, having the option to turn on your camera, gives me too much leeway. You can’t tell me I’m the only one who takes it upon themselves to take a five minute Tik-Tok break?

I would have never gotten away with that a year ago. Nobody can tell what I have on my computer screen. I could easily scroll on Instagram the entire class, and then email the teacher for clarification on assignments two days later.

Not only does being in-person hold students accountable, but also the instructor. In the first week of classes, one class I was taking had not set up a Zoom call. After emailing the professor, he told me he only teaches “face-to- face.” With everything happening in the world, I was upset because I was given the impression that all classes I had registered for were designed to be taught online as well.

After talking to Associate Professor Nancy Waldron, they were able to create a hybrid class. However, the professor’s lack of knowledge with Zoom has created some communication barriers during the class. Knowing that everyone has to adjust to this has made me more understanding, as well as the professors.

On the other hand, there are advantages to online learning. There has definitely been a little more leniency from the professors all around. I’ve had take-home quizzes, less busy work and homework really focuses on the readings and what we talk about during our Zoom sessions. Some professors even record the class so if for some reason, I am not able to make class, I can go back and see what the class discussed. However, the convenience of being able to do class from anywhere has made it easier to attend. To conclude, hybrid classes are a convenient way to learn from anywhere.

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