With technology rapidly advancing, online courses are becoming more ideal in the fast-paced world we live in. College students here are able to choose online courses to take along with standard campus courses, helping them save time in the process.
Online courses help to create a more versatile schedule to accommodate the many different situations that college students deal with such as commuting to campus, arranging child care, or medical emergencies and checkups. I decided to get some insight on how college students feel about the availability of online courses and if they thought online courses were better suited for them or difficult to learn the material. When it comes to registering for online courses, the availability is limited and many students don’t get the opportunity to register for the classes they need.
“I wish they had more online courses. Particularly, I wish that we could do the Communications Master’s degree online as well because I have to work and I would like to do it here, but it is not offered. It is not feasible to have a part-time Master’s degree,” said CSUSB senior Andrea Stewart.
Associate Professor Mihaela Popescu has a different perspective on the matter. “I don’t think online classes are limited. I believe online courses could be really exciting when taught well. However, there are some clear challenges when teaching online, like possible lack of interactivity among students and instructor, and issues with technologies used in the class. In a face-to-face classroom, we rely very much on content, in-class explanations, and class learning activities to teach students,”stated Popescu.
Every college course can’t be taken online, but what about the other courses that most college students need? Online courses should be regarded as standard options like on-campus courses.
“I believe the decision to offer more online courses depends on many factors including what professional development opportunities are available for faculty to learn good online course designs. How do we assess the quality of these courses? I think the decision to encourage or block the creation of new online courses and programs depends very much on how we answer these questions,”explained Popescu.
Implementing more online courses for students here at CSUSB isn’t going to be easy, but if we can reach out to others who may feel the same way regarding more online class availability, it may lead to results.
“I think it is important for faculty to know which forms of support are available if they were to develop more online courses, and I would encourage them to seek out those resources in the Academic Technologies & Innovation and also the Teaching Resource Center,” advised Popescu.