I think that this has got to be the most commonly asked question since my arrival on campus. "Do you think classes are harder now that they are online?" Truthfully, I think it is entirely dependant on the class, but for the most part, I would agree and say that it is harder being primarily online.
There are a couple of reasons that I believe I find it "harder" than traditional learning:
- I have grown up never taking a completely online course. Throughout elementary/middle school, high school, and first two years of college, all of my courses have been completed in person or follow a hybrid model. This past summer was my first time taking a completely online course (through CCV, my final gen ed requirement). I think it becomes imperative to familiarize yourself with the online course system, the week-by-week layout, and the resources that are available to you on the online platform.
- The challenge of the courses that would have occurred even if it was in a traditional setting. This year, two of my upper-level nursing courses have quite the demand for coursework. Personally, I feel that my professor is doing "the most" in the setting we are in, but due to the density of the material, it is designed to challenge us regardless.
- Pros, it is easier to get ahead. This semester, I find that the entire semester is laid out in our online classroom. Whereas other years, it was more laid out on a week-by-week basis. I enjoy this. If I have a lighter courseload week, I make an effort to try to get ahead to make it easier on myself for weeks to come.
Regardless of whether or not you find it more or less challenging, it still is a big change for all!