Following the advancement of technology in this modern era, online education has gained more and more interest and enthusiastic participants. Mainly, it’s due to how online education offers people an access to higher education, even for those with busy schedules and real jobs. People in remote locations and cannot afford the privilege of personal “touch” from education in classrooms will also benefit from taking online education. It also helps professors to become more productive as each can easily reach hundreds or even thousands of students.
In general, online classes and courses demand that students should be more and more self-motivated. That’s most likely why such a program may produce more failures and drop-outs than the in-class alternative. A slacker kid is less likely to develop in online classes, which is why investing in a more supportive academic environment makes a necessary solution. Even so, this type of education is still better than nothing.
The courses, though, do not need to be completely either online or in-class today. What’s trending lately is the hybrid model which combines both, with small portion of the class takes place on campus—for a week or two, for instance. This thus accommodates some personal contact between students and instructor, which also enables the more personal evaluation. It’s especially great since evaluating student’s performance is considerably the biggest weakness of online education.
If it’s the multiple-choice exams taken online, they may be too lame—either too boring or too easy to actually challenge or engage the student. Well, it’s true that such exams are no worse compared to those taken place in a class, though. Meanwhile, if the evaluation requires a lot of work written by the student to be emailed to the instructors, there’s another question arising: is the student really doing her/his own work? If the work is indeed monitored and evaluated by an e-instructor, then this also means that it’s less likely he/she can handle more students than in the in-class course.
Another obvious drawback from online classes is the lack of personal relationship between instructors and students. Meanwhile, students usually need to develop it on order to enroll to the top graduate schools or get their dream job. Such a mentor relationship will benefit students as the professor will push their distinct accomplishments in a much more than a quantitative way to fellow professors or employers. This is something difficult to see and work online.