Online Education and TutoringMay 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Posted in uncategorized | 4 Comments
Post written by Jodi Iman
Online education vs. standard classroom education at the high school level, which is best for our students, or is it a combination of both? I have always valued the positive effects a classroom community brings for students; however the arguments for the ladder, online education, are beginning to become more appealing to me.
In a study done by Heather Carr, a Doctor of Education student at Seton Hall University claims at Effects of Online Education, in an in-class environment,
geographical location, small school size, large school size, socioeconomic budget restraints and substandard teachers can prevent students from the same preparatory college or career demands….Computer-based instruction may allow equality where educational inequalities presently exist.
It is my belief that there are enough supporting factors that would lead me to come to the conclusion that a combination of both online and in-class interaction is a great option for our students. With all of the responsibilities we have for our students to be able to gain the best education they can, factors such as student-teacher relationships, classroom communities, student’s ability to create their own high school experiences are all factors that come to my mind when thinking of disadvantages of online education. There are, however advantages that have been presented in doing my research, smaller class sizes, higher student motivation, and availability of more courses than may be offered at the school are all reasons why I believe online education to be a valid option for our students.
One aspect, as a mathematics educator I was afraid of was the availability of the one-on-one aspect many students need in order to succeed in mathematics. A Mathematics Education Blog describes math online tutoring allowing for “one-to-one interaction between the student and the tutor. It is the best tutoring medium for students who are shy about asking questions”. I appreciated the opportunity for greater participation for less verbal students.
With the issues of student-teacher relationships, course availability, one-on-one tutoring, a student’s personal high-school experience, college preparation and an in-classroom community, do you feel an online high school experience or in-class is better? Is it a combination of both? Is online tutoring a positive or negative? Are we losing the connection between the faculty and the students, or creating a new type of community? What factors made you choose your decision?