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Check out this New York Times “Room for Debate” opinion piece discussing ways to improve the college admissions process. There are calls to fix financial aid systems first, use a college matching system, have students signal preferences for colleges, and even abolish tuition at elite universities to increase application numbers. Is there a way to change the college admissions process, or is it functioning properly? You decide.
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U.S. News Posted an article listing the mistakes students make when signing up for online classes.
Some of the major mistakes made by students included:
These are all very base level—and seemingly obvious—mistakes that students make, but it made me wonder what went deeper when it came to online courses. This study from Columbia University found that students typically had difficulty in online courses due to the lack of clear communication from instructors, so expectations were ambiguous and therefore not met by students. Without clear expectations set many students are doomed to fail at the start of an online course if their thought processes do not align with the instructors. Traditional classroom courses offer more easily accessible, face-to-face, intellectual discourse not only with instructors, but with peers as well.
Importance of face-to-face communication in educational situations is shown in this “American Journal of Distance Education” study, which found that students felt like they were more engaged in the course and learned more in face-to-face settings compared to online courses. This study also shows the necessity for open and accessible lines of communication between students and course instructors—something that online courses are still lacking.
Hand-in-hand with the importance of communication with instructors goes the importance of communicating with classmates, which is highly limited in online courses.
Online courses do not offer the same opportunities for communication and collaboration that traditional course settings do. These differences in course styles leave students feeling a lack of experience, engagement and knowledge gained, making online courses less beneficial to college students than attending face-to-face courses.
Long story short, you should really go to class.
MOOC-style courses have created mixed feelings among many. Some argue that this “free education” is hurting traditional Universities. Others argue that these type courses are only offering a little extra help to would-be students from all over the world by helping them to get noticed when applying to schools. Here are some additional facts about MOOC-style courses.