If you’re expecting a class to be easier just because you’re taking it online, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Online classes are no easier than classes offered in the traditional classroom setting and in some cases can be even be more difficult. There are several reasons for this.
- Online courses require more self-motivation. It can be hard for some students to stay motivated when they’d rather be doing something else. Finding ways to self-motivate and work well independently can be hard for students who don’t work well without supervision and the lack of face-to-face interaction and hands-on learning can also be tough to get used to for students who are used to working in a classroom setting.
- The workload for online and offline classes is the same. Don’t expect to do less work in an online class. These courses will require just as much reading, homework and writing as their in class counterparts– if not more to make up for the lack of face-to-face contact. Many online classes will have reading workloads, as this is the easiest way to transmit information to students in courses where online lectures are limited. However, most schools are also now incorporating multimedia content into lectures. Additional requirements to spend time chatting online and participating in discussion boards can also add onto the workload of online classes.
- Schools must maintain a standard, so the curriculum is the same for all formats. Schools, especially those who offer both in-class and online courses, must maintain a standard of educational expectations if they are to thrive. For this reason, online courses will often have the same curricular expectations and objectives as in-class courses. This ensures that students get the same high-quality education no matter which format they elect to study through.