Online classes, sometimes referred to as "E-Learning", is something more and more colleges and universities are starting to offer for students as an alternative to the traditional schooling methods. They are supposed to be the same thing as their counterparts which take place in a classroom but with the difference being that you can progress through lectures at your own leisure. Text books are still required as part of the classes and you still need to take midterms and final exams just in a different environment. The only other requirement other than that is you have to have access to a computer with internet to attend class.
I've always wanted to try taking an online class for my college but never really bit the bullet to do it until this semester. Many times I have heard that they are even easier to do than their in-classroom counterparts and some times they are equally as difficult if not more. I have talked to people who love these classes and all of the free time they have and at the same time I have talked to others who absolutely hate these classes for that same reason. The only reason I never really wanted to take an online class is because I have always felt that I spend enough time at the computer as it is and now that I have to do classes on it, I'll only spend more time on it. I finally did it though because I know I am going to need the extra time it offers.
Reasons Why People Love It:
Free time is also one of the selling points for people when it comes to taking a class online. Homework is no longer due at the beginning of class but instead is due before midnight at the end of the day or even at the end of the week. I can see how putting off homework an extra day because you are busy can be beneficial. Lectures can be learned at your own pace and you don't have to deal with having to worry about missing a lecture. Having extra time or having your school fit around your schedule all the time can relieve a lot of the stress of some students.
Reasons Why People Hate It:
Did your high school, college, or university offer an online alternative for any of your classes? What was your experience with the classes if you did take any. What was the class you took online? My college offers a handful of major classes online at the moment and every semester they are adding more and more. The class I am taking is an excel class where I have to turn in weekly assignments.