Online learning is awesome. Trust me.
Elizabeth Turner, Contributing Writer
October 11, 2013
Filed under Opinions
I love online education. I went to a typical brick and mortar public school. However, my school also had a virtual academy where full time students could take classes online. I was in love.
I tried math (I drew the line when my online professor told us to go out and buy a pineapple and artichokes to show us the Fibonacci sequence. Cool, but not cool enough to buy artichokes. Gross). But I loved my classes about the Holocaust, a screenwriting class, which got my mom all worried, a few law classes and a psychology class or two.
These were classes my school could not provide and subjects that nobody bothered. And I was lucky enough to have access to them and I credit this accessibility to my confidence in my choice of major.
Online learning teaches you accountability and gives you flexibility. You can work on your class at the library, home and according to their sign, the Hardees down the street that now has Wi-Fi. It can connect you with people from around the world. It gives people a chance to go back to school. It allows people who have families and jobs to have a chance to learn. And I can wear my favorite sweatpants with the hole in the butt cheek and no one ever has to know.
But hey, most coins have two sides. Some people think “test” means “open internet search”. And if you happen to be extremely forgetful or disorganized like myself, two weeks could go by before you realize you had a paper due two weeks ago. Some people view online learning as the lazy way out, and still others think that you can’t “learn” in an online class.
Your education is what you make of it. So yeah, you can ride the back alleys around that test. But for the people who truly yearn to learn, online learning will be there, and will continue to be there.
A sign of the times, my friend.
Additionally, whenever I go to class in my trashy sweatpants and order a burger, everyone looks at me strange. That sort of thing wouldn’t happen at Hardee’s. Think about THAT.