BY ELLIE HILSCHER
As someone who has taken multiple online courses, I feel that online courses are a great option for students to take if they are busy or have commitments during the week. I took multiple online classes over the summer and fall terms for the past two years. I would say that each online course I’ve taken is as hard as one that you would go to on campus.
I’ve found the classes I’ve taken online have helped me dive into specific interests of mine while also managing other courses. Some online classes are only one credit and others are a full three. They range in difficulty, which is convenient for students who aren’t sure of what level of workload they can handle.
I enjoy taking the one-credit classes because, like I said above, it gives me an opportunity to do some work in interests that are different from my major. As a digital media productions major, I’ve enjoyed being able to branch out and take classes that interest me in other subject areas.
I think that some classes have a different feeling because you aren’t getting that one-on-one contact with your professor and peers, but at the same time, I feel I am still able to learn the course material.
One thing about online courses is that they are full of readings because there are no lectures. This can either be a challenge for students or a preferred method of study. A lot of students tend to take online ones because “it’s easier,” but I have found that to not be true. I probably do more reading in some of my online classes then the ones I’m in on campus. I enjoy reading textbooks, which has always made online classes perfect for me.
On top of that, I would encourage Drake to offer more online programs from different fields. This would give students a lot more opportunities to expand their knowledge in different subject areas and give more alternative learning options for students that struggle in a traditional classroom. It’s a great way to explore and see if you like a certain field, or to learn about things you enjoy.