Online Courses, Hype or Hope

39A9E3D2-45B7-4C32-9263-B43B4544D58EIf you are a student currently, you must have heard about those online courses from those major universities. Not only because that most of those courses are free to access with a full range of disciplines to choose from, but also their sources-they come from universities like the Yale University and Stanford University, raved by students from all over the world. Expect from those entitlement influence and hype effect from fanatics of those universities about these courses and programs, is the system really helping to get education opportunities for people who did not attend school for a variety of reasons?

To be honest, I was so flipped out when I heard that I can get free online access to open courses of the Yale University. They provide such cool courses that I was insanely curious about and might not have chance to learn in the University that I attend as an undergraduate. They have courses of psychology, classical music, history,linguistic studies, literature and technology. Basically you can find whatever you want from general to narrowed disciplines, you can both study Economics and just Game Theory, which will be covered in Economics and also be applied in other study as well, such as Law or Philosophy.

Fancy right? The course’s design and arrangement is really appealing. An increasing number of universities and faculty staff have been involved in setting up open courses. More and more students has been drawn from all over the world to this revolutionary free online resource.

However, if these course are well designed and delivered, why does people still feel disappointed at them not long after their launch?

A study of MOOCs, a million users of massive open online courses, has just been released by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, finding that only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and those who completed courses is less than 5 percent.

It also has been disclosed that the fail rate of those courses remains high, and students performances are worse than those who take class on campus on average.

People should know that, virtual education is a further step of education form that should never be token as a substitute and made fair comparison to on-site education. It usually will not able to help student get timely access to the mentor. Audio and video are supposed to distract people from getting ideas in nature. That also means less stress and supervision are “shed” on students when it is necessary.

Even with a plethora of disappointing causative factors that why cannot on-line education be more effective, there is still a call for better online education, for the goodwill and other advantages over on-site education such as its coverage and anytime-anywhere accessibility.

Hopefully, with institutions rethinking their revising their strategies and programs to serve the public, outside students might also want to remind themselves to get in the role even for the fact that no one is there with them except for the digital devices. Or maybe, a sense of rewards and fulfillment from class can also be turned into virtual as well as the class itself.


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