Past health student, Amalia Uribe said she did not enjoy online health. She would have preferred taking the course in a more traditional class room setting as she is a “visual learner and the online course is reading which usually needs explanation.” Although she did not like the class being online, she enjoyed how tests were formatted with unlimited amounts of time. She also liked how different resources could be used for assignments and discussions.
Geoff Fulkerson, a current online government student, would prefer to take the course in a regular class because, “I can’t really focus long enough to sit down and do it online.” Although a regular class would be preferred, Geoff says the challenge is worth it because, “I enjoy getting a home period.”
This year has been more time consuming since the online class is completely being developed, but in the future it should take less time. With all the time dedicated to the development of online classes, Mrs.Soldin feels slightly behind in her actual traditional style classes because so much of her time is focused on creating the online courses. With the time consumption the online classes have taken on her this year, Mrs. Soldin does like, “the flexibility. I grade at home from my computer.”
As a teacher, Mrs. Soldin would prefer the personal in-class experience with her students, but she understands we are entering a “tech future and many students need flexibility in their schedules.” She feels most students need the face to face time, and only a small group can truly be successful without personal discussions.