Kevin P. Doran
A Traditional Guy
Although traditional college learning courses and online college learning courses are both higher education, the learning, preparation, and teacher relations are more recognized in traditional college coursework. Traditional education and online education share similarities in some of the same ways that radio and a live symphony do. Sure they're both forms of music; however they belong in different genres or categories just as Online and Traditional education do. According to U.S News and World report it's estimated that "6.7 million people participated in online educationÃ¢ÂÂ¦ That's 32 percent of the higher education population participating in at least one course online."
Online education covers the basic learning goals for the class, conversely traditional learning has the advantage of tailoring the learning towards the class. Thus creating a dynamic environment. This approach can best be summed up as the meat and potatoes approach.
I hear your thoughts on this one, hey I like meat and potatoes too! However what about the deeper levels of learning? The depth in which an instructors dialogue feeds the class with not only the meat and potatoes, but also the vegetables and acoutromon. That's where traditional learning comes in. Traditional learning has a way of enriching the mind on a deeper level. In an article written by NY Times writer Mark Edmunson, he states "With every class we teach, we need to learn who the people in front of us are. We need to know where they are intellectually, who they are as people and what we can do to help them grow. Teaching, even when you have a group of a hundred students on hand, is a matter of dialogue." This kind of depth can only be attained in the classroom. A big part...