Starting an Advanced Placement (AP) class can be quite challenging for devoted high school students. The number of students undertaking AP classes is rising rapidly due to the reduced costs of undertaking AP courses. However, high schools that offer AP courses are finding it hard to support the program because AP classes have fewer students than normal classes. Some teachers are rendered redundant, especially in subjects that require direct contact with students. Online AP classes have several disadvantages that make them unsuitable for some students.
Students undertaking AP classes need to be effective in the management of time. High school students are not mature enough to work independently, thus, they require a teacher to guide them on time management. They may miss interacting face-to-face with their instructors (Rainer and Cegielski 185). When students fail to understand something, they may require other students who can ask questions on their behalf. AP courses are quite rigorous, causing students to spend most of their time on assignments. This may lead to depression due to exhaustion.
It is quite hard to undertake a course that requires laboratory experiments online. In case of such instances, students are compelled to search for laboratory services, which are quite expensive. Some experiments require the teacher’s supervision, even when all the instructions are available. Although some experiments can be performed at home, most experiments require supervision from trained laboratory assistants.
Many students prefer to take college courses online due to the numerous advantages of studying online. One of the advantages is that students attain a wider range of experience, compared to what they could get in the traditional classes. Students are exposed to a wide range of programs to select from. Self-motivated students benefit from online college courses because they control what to learn and when to learn (Staley 179). It is quite possible for a student to undertake more classes once he/she is registered for an online degree.
The costs of undertaking online college courses are lower than attending the traditional classrooms. One, the students do not need to travel to class, as they only need to have computers, which are connected to the Internet. Students can download assignments and lecture notes that can assist in their studies. Online college classes usually offer flexibility. If a student is already working, he/she can continue working and allocate some time for study. Students can undertake their assignments at their own convenient time. They can log in during the day or late at night.
However, online college courses are not suitable for students who prefer to study in groups. In a normal classroom setup, students are able to interact with their lecturers, as well as other students, thus, benefiting from asking questions and asking for help from fellow students. If some students require face-to-face interaction with their lecturers to learn effectively, online studies will not help them. Some regions do not have reliable Internet access; hence, students may fail to participate in online discussions due to poor Internet.
The future of Online Universities
Due to the success in online college courses, universities have also embarked on offering online degrees. Students can now enjoy the taste of world-class universities without leaving their own countries. They can make schedules of their studies, depending on their daily routines. The costs of undertaking higher education have been rising at a high rate, restricting many students from achieving their career jobs. This has compelled universities to develop a transnational culture, which allows everything to be negotiated. Nowadays, many jobs necessitate candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Thus, pressure will mount on universities to search for ways to serve the public interest. The cost of expanding traditional classes surpasses the cost of establishing online classes; hence, universities will focus more on admitting more students online while maintaining the traditional administration offices. Many universities will subsidize their courses to allow more students to join the online program.
Rainer, R K, and Casey G. Cegielski. Introduction to Information Systems. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley, 2011. Print.
Staley, Constance. FOCUS on College Success. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2014. Print