By: Hannah T, Shelby H, Ashley X, and Saleh H
According to "The Condition of Education 2014", 21 percent of America's children are living in poverty. This does not include the middle class, who are also struggling to provide for their children in some situations. The majority of Americans do not have 40,000+ dollars, or the cost of a college education, on hand. Online colleges are a great alternative. They allow students to be in touch with some of the best instructors from the top universities at no cost.
While it is virtually impossible for a professor to interact with thousands of students in person, just one online instructor could reach out to as many as 1,000 people (Dolan). Anyone with access to a computer has access to college. Numerous students live under circumstances that do not provide them with the abilities to simply get in the car and drive to class. With online education, college comes with an 100% acceptance rate and a personal schedule that fits into each person's hectic life.
In the article, “Me and My Computer”, students complained about feeling more isolated while participating in an online course rather than in a traditional classroom setting. They also reported feeling highly frustrated, anxious and confused versus the students in the traditional classroom setting. Also, online students claimed they had reduced feelings of belonging in class as wells as the discussions and participation associated with a typical classroom.
Minimal Student & Teacher Interaction
No true college experience
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