Has interest in online courses reached its peak?
When Cedrick Alexander was reviewing the courses he needed in order to complete his journalism degree at theUniversity of Alabama, he found that some classes that fit his schedule were only offered online.
“If I would have had the option, I would have probably gone with in-class options,” says Alexander, who is in the process of finishing his degree. “The reason I took online courses was because they were the only ones available, [and] with time commitments, they worked for me.”
Alexander notes that there were some benefits to taking classes online, beyond the flexibility. “Online classes make you more accountable for your learning, instead of relying on guidance or instruction,” he says. “But I definitely appreciated the in-class experience more just because it allowed me to have more interaction with instructors and students.”
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