Blog about one concept, question, or “keyword” you’ve hit upon from our reading that you might want to learn more about, and why.
This following chapter from the book, "About Writing Teachers" presents the argument that online and face to face (aka, f2f) classes can lead students to the same destinations of success, and instead of ruling these two different types of classes against each other, we should view them as equal in the means of student’s education. However, I feel as though we should continue to view them as opposing. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that there are some great benefits to online classes. Like the article has mentioned, “online classrooms can open up a space for diversity, with more students being willing to share opinions in the safe space of an online classroom.” And it’s useful for promoting new literacy's and effective communication skills. But, in my experience, with it being my third year in college, many of my peers actually prefer face to face classes rather than online classes. Many of my peers and I have had this discussion numerous times and most of them, including myself, feel as though online classes do us more harm than good, not just grades wise, but personally as well. There’s nothing like having that face to face interaction with other students and your professor that make you feel like a community. The connections that you make in the setting of a classroom, I think is one of the major keys to success, not only for the present, but for the future as well.
I figured out that online classes weren’t for me when I had to take a math course over the summer. I remember feeling hopeless and was worried that I wouldn’t pass the class due to the fact that learning strictly through a computer screen, wasn’t effective whatsoever. I didn’t grasp concepts as easily as I should have because of that lack of physical instruction. When talking to my peers about this subject, they could completely relate. They related to feeling like their understanding of the materials being taught, couldn’t be grasped and obtained like how they wanted and even when getting extra help, it still wasn’t as effective as it would be in a classroom. The image above mentions how online classes can be just as, if not, more rigorous than face to face classes and that I believe that couldn’t be more true.
Yeah, online classes can have benefits such as the convenience of being in your own home and many other details, but I feel as though they have many more consequences.