By Yara Del Rio-Dominguez |Staff Writer|
CSUSB students would rather take online courses than traditional in-class courses, as the number of online courses available has jumped from previous years.
Online courses seem like a dream to students; there’s nearly complete freedom with timing, more hours to sleep in and, most importantly, open enrollment.
CSUSB online courses are least likely to reach capacity as our system does not put a cap on the number of students who can register for a particular online class, where as the traditional seminar classes closes as soon as the amount of seats in the classroom are filled.
Student Jonathan Brown is currently taking an online class in hopes to ease his schedule.
“I decided to take an online class this quarter because its one less class I have to physically be in and I get to go home early after a long day of school,” said Brown.
Governor Jerry Brown proposed giving California’s public colleges and universities more money for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Democratic governor wants public colleges to hold down costs, stop raising tuition and embrace online courses.
The demand for online classes has since then grown.
CSUSB currently offers 72 online classes this Fall and are on the rise.
Students often drive to campus to take just one class, If this class was offered online, students could save gas by doing the work from home.
Student Pablo Edelman said, “Online classes allow me to maintain my hours, maybe even obtain more hours at work. I’m not restricted on an hourly schedule like a regular class, I can do my online work on my own time rather than be time restricted sitting in a classroom.”
“I don’t have to access my online class from my home, I’m allowed to access my online class from my work while I’m on break. When I get home I pick up where I left off,” mentioned Brown.
Many prefer to take a particular course online to avoid the heavy workload they would have in a tradition face-to-face class.
“I took a class online that had a heavy workload. As a full-time employee I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the class,” said Edelman.
Online classes may seem to be the easy way out for students who are avoiding the heavy course work ahead of them, but for others it may not be the smartest choice.
“Online learning isn’t always the best fit, students who do the best in the online classes are students who have very good study habits and who are independent learners,” said professor Dr. Terri J. Nelson.
Some students face difficulty concentrating in the classroom, and with distractions all around, professors are constantly competing for the attention of students with the electronics in class.
Students agree that online courses may be cheaper, but those who may excel in traditional classes may struggle through an online course which requires independent learning.