FEATURED ARTICLE | December 04, 2018
As Saint Luke wrote in his gospel, “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly instructed will be like his teacher.” Can online video courses perfectly instruct students, providing that excellent learning experience? It is difficult for online courses to both have an excellent learning experience from a teacher and to be perfectly instructed in a digital world setting. Let’s look into the advantages and disadvantages of online courses.
There are several advantages to online courses. They are designed for career advancement because you have a flexible schedule and environment to complete the course while working full-time. In general, the cost of online courses is very low compared to in-class courses. With the exception of some college majors, almost every general and specialized subject that is being taught in traditional schools is also being taught online.
The disadvantages of online courses are shown in several studies. A 2012-2013 study conducted by MIT and Harvard documented over 95% of students dropping out of their online courses before completion. A 2014 study of 16 online courses from top universities on Coursera from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education found an average completion rate of 4%. Seth Godin stated on Tim Ferris’ podcast that “most online courses have a 97% drop-off rate and that his own courses on Udemy and Skillshare have an 80% drop-off rate.”
The 2012-2013 study by MIT and Harvard included a survey from their students about their satisfaction with online courses. The survey showed that some students did express satisfaction taking online courses, but the majority did not. Many students who dropped out of their courses gave various reasons, such as being unprepared, falling behind and bad grades. But the most common reason for dropping out is: there is no live teacher engagement.
Good teachers are teaching in traditional school settings, not online, and the students enrolled in online courses begin to realize that they need that live teacher interaction.
When describing a good teacher, students look for more than just the amount of knowledge they share. When teachers are friendly, caring, approachable, passionate about the subject, and willing to personalize their teaching, students perform better, get better grades and are more satisfied with the education they are receiving. Online courses have difficulty achieving that kind of student engagement.
Cassandra Hart, one of the authors to a paper, entitled “Online Course-taking and Student Outcomes in California Community Colleges,” which was presented on April 18, 2015, at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Chicago, wrote “In every subject, students are doing better face-to-face,” and “other studies have found the same thing. There’s a strong body of evidence building up that students are not doing quite as well in online courses, at least as the courses are being designed now in the community college sector.” Researchers at the University of California-Davis found that community college students throughout California were 11 percent less likely to finish and pass a course if they choose to take the online version instead of the traditional face-to-face version of the same class.
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