Online learning has its challenges, for both the educator and the student.
The educator faces the issues of:
1. Is the student really who they say they are?
2. How can I foster instant and interactive participation?
3. How can I gain a relationship with my students if I only know them from a block of text?
The students face the issues of:
1. Time management since they are not seeing their professor every week.
2. The coursework is generally more than an in-person class.
3. If I get sick, or any other type of issue, and I need to hand in my project/paper, how can I prove to my professor the seriousness of the situation?
As a student in three online classes, I have had many different experiences. One class was a lot of reading with a normal amount of work, but a bit more than others. Another class was only half of the semester and an amount of work I could barely handle on top of my other 15 credits. I struggled a lot with that class and was worried that I would receive a poor grade. I had many personal issues during that seven weeks, including an illness which began the first week of classes and ended six weeks later, and the next week I had surgery. The course ended the week after my surgery. It was hard to explain the severity of my illness with the instructor because she was not around to physically see my illness or gain a personal relationship with me. The third online class I am currently taking is an extremely light amount of work. It is seven weeks long and within two days, I completed all of the work for the first three weeks.