Sean LeFever is a recent graduate from the Ohio State University, having just finished a degree in Materials Science and Engineering this spring. We asked Sean to give us his perspective on the upcoming online offerings.
Q: Currently, undergraduates are able to sign up for these new online sections for the first time. When making the choice between taking a traditional, in-person section or an online section, what do you think students will or should consider?
Sean: A lot of students will consider the convenience of online courses versus traditional courses. The ability to stay at home and get work done in their pajamas is an attractive feature of the online section. They should also consider their individual learning styles. For some students, learning through the internet without engaging in person is not the best way for them to learn.
Q: Nationally, online classes are being requested more. Why do you think they appeal to students?
Sean: The obvious appeal is that you can get work done from the comforts of your own home. There is no wasted time commuting to classes, and if students feel like they learn sufficiently online then there is really no reason to ever leave your house.