I can vouch for the validity of online classes. I received a Master's Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University taking all of my classes entirely online. The classes were just as rigorous as live classes but I thought they were even better. Since they were all written, I could reread the entire lectures and didn't have to worry about notes. The professor's were much more available for questions, because they were just an email away, instead of having set office hours. We had message boards so that all the students still got to know each other and you couldn't beat the flexibility. It was a great learning experience.
At the time, the early 2000s, I was not nearly as tech savvy as now, and the online systems were antiques compared to today, and yet it still worked well. I can only imagine with today's teens and the new multimedia systems together, what a fantastic learning experience that must be. With the use of avatars, flash animations, interactive games, manipulatives and audio/video presentations, rich presentations are offered that help teach all learning styles.
Some specific examples of areas in which online classes have helped high school students:
- Students that have fallen behind can take extra classes online to give them the credits they need to graduate.
- Students that move often can get a consistent education.
- Student athletes can use online classes as a way to stay ahead academically while juggling with a demanding tournament schedule.
- Students in home-schooled families can brush up on skills to compete at the next level.
- Students that like to challenge themselves academically can load up on courses that would never fit in a school day.
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