Cyber School?

Emma B, Ali W, McKenna D, Alexandra M, Katie H

Massive online open courses, or M.O.O.C., are the future of education because they:


  1. Strengthen Teacher & Student relationships
  2. make course material more available to students
  3. let teachers adapt to different learning styles



http://academicinnovation.wvu.edu/MOOC/

Student - Teacher Relationships.

E-learning provides a stronger relationship between students and their instructors. Communication is becoming faster and easier with the availability of new devices as our generation moves into a more tech savvy age (Chi-Sung 7). Through this more personalized connection, the students are able to be taught by an instructor that understands how they learn best and can individualize their teaching to fit each student (Deng 2). In this way, learning capability is enhanced and information is more easily retained for the student's future career path.

Availability

A beneficial advantage to MOOCS are the students acquire a significant amount of availability compared to a traditional classroom. According to Chi-Sung, "Students can gain access to information including syllabi, course assignments, scoring guides, power-point presentations, and supplemental materials 24 hours a day and seven days a week" (4). Another bonus to MOOCS are that students obtain their own study time, so they are able to complete school work at any time of the day (Chi-Sung 4). Finally, the most meaningful part of the online classrooms are the availability to many people across the world. With more than 300 courses taught by professors at 62 universities around the world, MOOC is changing the lives of others by teaching core classes and even language classes (Hu 1-2).
  • "Online education also gives students more control over their education along with a more flexible schedule" (Margaret 1).

Adaptability

One of the final perks about MOOCS is its ability to adapt to different learning styles. Through different multimedia, these classrooms are perfect for all types of learning because they can set their own pace (Deng 7). For example, students can review the lectures repeatedly, there are breaks for quizzes where a student can't move on till they get the correct answer, and most importantly they can get feedback on what and how they want to learn (Chi-Sung)(Hu2). The most important part about adaptability is how MOOCS are better then traditional colleges. According to Britt Margaret, "Online students can and often out perform traditional students since they are required to do more in online courses than in traditional courses" (Margaret 2). Students are able to control their education and schedule, a key in helping them succeed.
“In an online classroom, there are no limits as to what can be learned from the experiential use of the technologies.

In Conclusion

Online learning is changing the way our world sees education through new student - teacher relations, availability of course work, and the ability of teachers to adapt to personalized learning styles. Even though online school may not appeal to traditionalists, learning communities like MOOC are becoming more common, and assisting sweeping populations of people who cannot financially acquire an education, and people who cannot go to school full time. "Online education posts a new challenge and brings a new paradigm to educators, and its potential is still an undiscovered territory waiting to be explored" (The Science Teacher 8).

Bibliography


Britt, Margaret. "How to better engage online students with online strategies." College Student Journal 49.3 (2015): 399+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.


Deng, Heping, and Shouhong Zhang. "What is the effectiveness of a multimedia classroom?" International Journal of Instructional Media 34.3 (2007): 311+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.


Hu, Helen. "MOOC migration: massive open online courses are changing the way we think about higher education." Diverse Issues in Higher Education 28 Mar. 2013: 10+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.


Li, Chi-Sung, and Beverly Irby. "An overview of online education: attractiveness, benefits, challenges, concerns and recommendations." College Student Journal 42.2 (2008): 449+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.


"Online learning." The Science Teacher 77.6 (2010): 26. Student Resources in Context. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.