Online classes, do they help or hurt students?

Verlene Julceus

Staff Writer, Boca Raton Campus


E-Learning is on the rise. More and more students are choosing online class over being physically present in class.

According to a 2013 report by Babson Survey Research Group, over 6.7 million post-secondary students were enrolled in at least one online class in 2011 compared to the 1.6 million in 2002.

Some of the perks of an online class is you can access it from any place, at any time. Distance learning also gives you the flexibility to set your own pace to complete the work. Students might just be too busy for online classes, and do not have time to do it.

What some students are doing nowadays is paying someone to take their online class for for the entire semester. “I paid someone about $400 dollars to do my online work. I am a very busy person,” said Geraldine Hyppolite, a nurse major currently taking college algebra online. “I work full time and I go to school full time, sometimes I don’t even remember about my online classes. It is in my best advantage.”

There are other students who have tighter schedules that are able to complete their online class on their own.

“From what I remember, cheating used to be a trend about two years ago. I am sure the percentage of students paying other students has risen, the only people who fail are the students that are requesting it,” said Leonnie Prince, a student services representative at the Boca Raton Campus.

Course work can be accessible for students when they need it. They can review lectures, discussions, and explanations. Individuals can also share notes. “It’s more convenient to take online classes; I have two classes and a little boy at home. Instead of working on my professor’s time, I get to do it on my own time,” said Audry Selexant, a nursing major.

Some students would choose to take online classes because it fits their time schedule; there are veterans or disabled students who cannot deal with being in a big classroom that have anxiety when they are in a room with a large amount of students.

“I find that I pass my classes more effectively and I retain more information because I actually have to teach myself the subject instead of being in class being forced to listen to a monotone professor, and I save money on gas,” Selexant said.

“To be able to keep up with the class work that I am paying for I check the grade book and make sure that they are doing well,” said Hyppolite.

 Instead of distant learning, some students would prefer face-to-face classes on campus “Having an online class makes you procrastinate more than when you are physically in class,” said student Robert Despeignes who is a sophomore.

Students who prefer to learn in the traditional classroom may get more hands on experiences than the other students taking virtual classes, they also are provided with more help such as the math, writing, and reading labs.

Palm Beach State College offers three varieties of classes to students.  They are full online courses, hybrid classes and web enhanced classes. According to its e-learning webpage, “Distance Learning offers online courses with a focus on the delivery of the general education courses although many other courses are available.”