What are the negatives of taking an online course?
- The negatives that I have found is you usually do not get to meet the
instructor or your classmates. Plus you sometimes have a problem with the
connection online (like I did this semester) and you have to redo your
work....which isn't always a pleasant thing to have to do again especially
tests and quizzes are involved.
- There are negatives of taking online classes, which are no interaction
with teacher and classmates, more work, and different feedback methods. I
have had some really bad experiences with online teachers that do not
respond and do not help you.
- There are some negatives to taking a distance learning course. If you
like to procrastinate (like me!), it is not always the best choice, because
you do not have a teacher reminding you to turn things in. Also, if you do
not have access to a computer and the internet, it is a lot harder to do.
- Sometimes it does help to have the teacher "say" it, you lose emphasis.
- Although this class (SPCH 101) had excellent communication and
interaction between the students and professor, my other online classes have
little communication and interaction between students and professor. This is
a negative for some individuals, having little communication between
professor can make it difficult to complete a task and/or the course.
- It's very easy to think that it's not as big of a time and resource
commitment as it really is. Also, sometimes the perception of it not being
as much work because it's not in front of you begins to form. I think it's a
great idea for all teachers to hold a mandatory on campus overview and
orientation and emphasize how it's as much (or more) work as an on campus
class. Also, it's difficult to get to know your classmates. It's also hard
to work in a group because the individuals
involved generally are schedule challenged - after all, this is the reason
they are taking the class on-line!
- On occasion there could be technical difficulty due to system problems.
Another issue is that some courses I prefer to take on site. These courses
would be courses that I believe I might have difficulty with, that I would
fill more comfortable with face to face communication.
- The negatives of taking an online course would be: If you ever have a
question that needs immediate response, you might not get that depending on
the kind of teacher you have for the online course. Another negative:
Sometimes if you are lost, you feel helpless. Trying to understand homework
assignments can be confusing, once again if you are lost, itís hard to find
that immediate help. Also the last negative that I can think of would be
time. You definitely have to have the time for an online class, and the
motivation. If you never get online and stay updated, you are pretty much
out of the loop.
- On the down side, online classes do not let you interact with the
students and teacher nearly as much. Of course, looking at the discussion
page for this class alone we posted over 1000 times (WOW).
- There is less interaction with the instructor. I will have you know
that out of the 5 or 6 online classes I have taken so far, you are the first
( no I am sorry second) instructor I have met face to face. That is the
only negative thing I think. If I thought the work was harder I would not
courses online. I think it is equal to classes on campus.
You don't get the classroom experience. Also if you
are a procrastinator like I sometimes am you can get yourself backed into a
corner with everything being due at
Some of the negatives would be that you need to be able
to keep on top of all the due dates and assignments. When you go to
classes, you oftentimes have the teacher reminding you of due dates of
things, while in an online course you have to be able to know when
everything needs to be done. Another negative would be that you need to be
able to teach yourself the learning material. Going to a class, the teacher
will show you
how things are done, and on an online course you need to do most of it
The negatives of taking an online course is having to
deal with the stereotype that just because you are taking the course at
home, on your time, that you automatically have it easier than others that
are actually attending class. Actually a distance learner has more work to
do because it is almost like teaching yourself.
The negatives for taking any class online is the lack
of class interaction. You do have discussion boards but, I really think
they can't beat the face to face interaction you can have in the class
room. Although I did get to meet with people from this class I find that
are easier formed in a live class room.
There are a few notable drawbacks to online courses. I
am a procrastinator, which is definitely a problem when it comes to online
classes. You must be able to monitor your pace so that everything is done
on time (and not rushed!). Also, you must be able to keep up on the class
work and understand the textbook on your own, since there is no class time
for you to take notes. Lastly, the fact that you do not see your instructor
and classmates face-to-face may bother some people.
I have taken six online classes to date and so far I
have not found any negative points. Yes you need to be self motivated
because you do not have access to professors and classmates to study with,
but I find this to be a benefit. Yet so far I have not had that problem
taking an online class my questions were always answered in a timely manner
and I have always been able to find people online or on the phone when I
needed some help. Speaking for myself I have not found the negative aspects
The negatives are that you have to be able to handle it
on your own. There is no face time. I am glad, because I don't have
time for face time, but when you hit a snag, sometimes you feel all alone in
the world. At
least I do.
SPCH 101 Online