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Questioning online classes’ legitimacy

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As technology has grown and expanded, forms of education have similarly evolved from the traditional classroom to online classes. Online classes have become a topic of controversy, and many question if the classes are effective.

Online classes are available in many forms, through many different programs. Students use the online classes as pre-course preparation, credit-course correction, regular class credits, especially for students who need credits to graduate, or as the whole basis of their education through home-schooling. They range in difficulty, as do traditional classes, but most are an easy way to get a credit.

“The school messed up my credits; I had planned to take Spanish during the year and [it did not work out],” junior Hayden Torres said. “[I was told] I would not graduate if I did not take it online this year.”

The big question is if the online class setting is effective or not. The platform allows students to easily cheat without being monitored. For example, in language classes, students can easily use Google Translate or Google Chrome’s translate page function. Programs made to help increase communication has been turned into something many online class takers abuse.

Most classes have set assignment due-dates, but most are easy to get around. Assignments can be unlocked anytime by course teachers, which allows irresponsible students who fall behind to scoot by and pass the class.

“You can work at your own pace, but it is very easy to fall behind,” junior Sarah Dawkins said. “If you take off for just one weekend, you can end up doing two assignments that normally takes an hour each in six.”

In many online courses, students do not receive the information or experience needed to succeed in a class. Furthermore, as a difference to face-to-face classes, online courses offer few to none projects, and most language classes do not require students to speak the language. Finally, there is not always an end-of-course exam, which, again allows students to scoot by without actually learning or obtaining information from the class/course.

While there are many benefits to online classes–namely their convenience– there are many more flaws that may cause them to be illegitimate.

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