Nolan Matson

According to Steven Conn, a professor at the University of Miami of Ohio, there is a new threat to higher education, in the forms of teachers: “They hover. They are endlessly accommodating. They put up with rude, spoiled behavior from their children without offering much by way of discipline or punishment.” What Conn means is, since these teachers are always active in their student learning, basically spoon feeding them information; they cannot effectively educate the students. However, I believe if these helicopter teachers can also effectively teach students new knowledge. I have seen and heard of other positive experiences of this, such as making classes fun and enjoyable while still effectively teaching the class new information, giving students their expert opinion, and helping struggling students. This essay will show examples of effective and ineffective education and explain how teacher can be engaged and maximize their good work, while avoiding the problems associated with helicoptering. More »

Selena Cashman

Receiving a higher education after high school has become important for finding a better career. Since technology has advanced highly in the last few years it is given the option for students to not just go to a technical school or a university but to receive a online degree. The importance of experiencing an in class education is crucial for developing the following traits as an adult. Which are developing interpersonal and social interactions, skills for taking exams, and time management. More »

Andrew Luebke

Education today has changed over the last few years. Schools are slowly starting to switch more and more too online classes. By having students go to online schools it’s pulling more and more students away from in-schools. I have always went to a traditional, in-class schooling. Ever since I was a child I have always went to a public/non online school. I have always believed that normal schooling is more beneficial than online schooling in various ways. Normal schooling students will be more focused and not get distracted, interesting classes due to actual teachers, learn social skills that online students will not have, and be able to think more critically. More »

Nevena Prebiracevic

Education is important for so many reasons, especially higher education. College education gives us more opportunities for seeking desirable jobs, expends our knowledge in so many ways, helps us become more independent individuals, etc. Like any other system, the educational system goes through changes and adaptations. Online learning is one of the changes that attracted attention of many people. Even though it was introduced many years ago, it hasn’t been used as a primary way of teaching/learning. For the last few years that started to change, because reputable universities and professors have begun to implement and promote this kind of education. Online education sound interesting indeed, primarily because it gives chance for gaining higher education to those who can not afford traditional education. But what will happen to education in general if online learning replaces traditional? More »

D.J. Dickson

The traditional method of education, having a group of students sitting in a classroom with a teacher, is a consistent and reliable method used in our education system that is used by thousands of schools throughout the United States. In higher education today, however, more and more classes are either completely taught online or have a big part of the course online. Online courses are more convenient time wise because the student can log on and do them whenever they have time, they are theoretically cheaper in comparison to traditional classes and they can learn at a faster or slower pace than their peers. The new style of having classes online has raised question as to if online classes are as effective as the traditional method of having students sit in a classroom with a teacher. Both online and tradition classes have their strengths and flaws but in the end, I believe the traditional method is the better option .The student may create a connection with their teacher and peers which will encourage them to do better, the teacher can answer questions from the students and give them the guidance.

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Ruby Castillo

For many years, traditional classroom settings have been used to teach students their lessons. Until recently, online education has been coming into play. Universities offer a wide selection of courses that are taught by some very well-known professors around the world. It gives one the opportunity to take classes anywhere at any time sometimes without a cost. The thing is that online education is not the same as an education in a classroom. Online education is more technology based while working independently. I believe that online education should not replace education in a traditional classroom setting because it is the most ideal for learning and one does not have to rely on technology that has a chance at failing. More »

Rebecka Olsson

Online courses are growing more and more each year and there are many advantages to exploit from taking an online class. Most of the time online courses are for free. Both Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free massive online courses, also called MOOCs, and the range of online courses offered is growing continuously. But there are a couple of things to take in mind before making the decision to take an online course. I think that it is important to ask yourself if this is something that you are interested in and want to learn more about and if you are willing to put in the time and effort that it takes to complete an online course. It is a big responsibility and students who take online courses must be disciplined and well prepared to work hard and independently. I want my education to be challenging and interesting. I want it to be personally enriching but, if or when I decide what path I would like to take in my educational career, it shall be providing me the opportunity to be professionalizing towards my career goals. I have some experience with online classes but that did not match my learning style. I do not have the patience and self-discipline it takes to take an online course, and I want to be able to ask my professor questions, something that online courses does not offer. Therefore, I believe that in-class learning is the best option for me.

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Caleb Lefeber

There are major changes coming up in the world of education. Colleges are starting to transition to online classes. How do online courses work? Online classes are courses that students can take from the comfort of their home. In other words, people don’t have to go to class. Online classes at home, doesn’t that just sound relaxing? You have your nice soft sofa, a big screen TV, music playing out of a Bluetooth speaker…One big reason universities are switching to online classes is because they are cheaper. This way more students are able to go to their school because the price isn’t as overwhelming. Many people agree with the choice of switching to online courses. But I think that switching to all online courses will overall hurt the learning of students. In my opinion, schools should not change to online learning and should stick to conventional classes and still have online assignments.

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By: Sierra Severin

Nowadays, in order to get a college degree you have to be tens of thousands of dollars in debt. The price of tuition continues to sky rocket for universities, while more and more online colleges are blooming. There are so many colleges today that are solely based online that it makes it easier for people to get a college education. Most colleges offer free online courses for their students. University of Phoenix, DeVry University, Globe University, and Rasmussen College are just a few that are online colleges. Professors from prestigious universities have taken the time to teach millions of people through online courses. But you have to wonder, are you really getting the best education? Is it better to learn in home, staring at a computer, or in a classroom with other people? Mixing both online classes and in classroom classes would be the ideal situation. I feel that if we only had online courses we would miss out on the experience of talking face to face to people. Most people talk to each other through texting or online messaging, but when you communicate through technology you are not gaining the skills you need to be able to interact with people that most jobs require. More »

Eric Bagg


Advancement of Online Learning

Over the last few years, my education has changed greatly. I am learning in a variety of new ways and I am understanding concepts more easily. With the advancement of online learning, I am able to access information easier and am able to take courses online. Teachers are offering alternatives to classroom lessons and are using online learning to present them. With the advancement of technology, the future of online learning will keep getting better. Online learning has proved to be beneficiary to my studies and is continuously getting better. More »

Drew Checolinski

Classroom education is the best way of educating students. I never was one for online learning. I feel like students have to be in the classroom to best learn, which leads to classroom education being the best way to educate. I was surprised with the online courses. They did a great job of interacting, and helping one understand information. I feel if someone needed to go to college but did not have time or had other obligations, online education is for them. They will not have the classroom environment, but some people might like that and learn even better. In college, some classes have online work, and school work that requires students to go online for. I do them, but I do not prefer them. There are many reasons for this, I did not do it much in middle school, and high school, and also I am not that type of learner. The online courses are not a bad option and one can get a great education, but nothing compares to the full college experience and taking the classical ways of education in the classroom. More »

Collin Zovnic

Universities are not the best idea for everyone, there are other options available. Universities are expensive and many people have to move because it’s too far away. While the alternative, online classrooms are just the distance from a computer. There are no amenities or extra expenses to pay for either, so it is not as expensive. Online education is good for higher education, because it is cheaper and more accessible than conventional classroom style learning. More »

Brock Moldenhauer

To most, a four-year college is a great place to get a more expansive and higher education. There is a lot you have to go through in a four-year college though. Multiple general education classes have to be completed that may have no relation to what you want to do after college. For some that is good because they may not know what they want to do yet and this buys them more time to declare a major. For others it may seem like a waste of time and money. If you come into college knowing what you want your major to be, those classes should be eliminated. A college education should have general education classes that build you up towards your major area of interest while making your time in the classroom relevant to where you want to be after college. More »

Megan Fabel

In life, you grow up with your parents over your shoulder, guiding and directing you to make the decisions that will be best for you. They hover; but as you get older you learn the responsibilities of having freedom to make your own choices and you learn to make mistakes and learn from them without so much guidance from your parents. When it comes to education and the right to having creative freedom I believe in the favor of traditional, and in-person learning, but I also have no problem with bringing online methods into the classroom setting when they serve the purpose to make a point. I think online teaching can work for many; it was just not a method that worked for me. Also, having a teacher to display the “helicopter” effect really does work in some instances, but doesn’t need to be in affect all the time. Lastly, introducing the idea of giving the students room to fail and learn from their failures is a great tool when discussing what a modern classroom setting should look like in the future. More »

Cecillia Clausen

When you hear the word helicopter, you think about a flying object that has a propeller on the top that flies around incircles. Either it’s doing fly over checks or sending someone off to the hospital, either way you can see it and hear it. The same idea goes for a helicopter teacher. A helicopter teacher is a teacher who hovers over their students. This would be like being a safety net for the students so he or she can be there for them whenever they have a question or concern. Kids will never learn if they are just told what to do all day and how to do it everyday. Conn explains this well in his essay called The Rise of the Helicopter Teacher: “It takes two to tango, as the old cliché has it. But the new partners will never learn to dance if the others keep dragging them around the dance floor, doing all the steps for them”.

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Isabel Detienne

Imagine an education system where students felt fully comfortable, respected, and were constantly encouraged to reach their full potential. Although this is a very achievable goal, it will take time and a lot of revolutionary movements. The ideal education would assess students in multiple ways, incorporate both online and classroom lessons, have standards that encourage creativity, and take place in a safe environment that encourages individualism and success. By striving to acknowledge and engage in student’s differing personal lives, learning abilities, and preferences, teachers can easily improve the educational system. We can better the educational system in America today in a few simple steps. By including multiple testing methods, as well as differentiating educational settings, school systems can successfully personalize and focus on tIhe students and their differences. These changes will ultimately lead to the most rewarding education. More »

Solomon Brown

The increased use of technology in and outside of the classroom is making it difficult for student to get the most quality education possible for them. Society is starting to move in a direction of seclusion where people only communicate through their phones, computers, etc. Personally I’m not a huge fan of being on my phone all the time, I don’t really like twitter, Facebook, or anything else along those lines and it’s hard to have a conversation with somebody who does. It doesn’t make sense to carry out a conversation with somebody who only cares about what’s happening on their phone, does it? Communicating only through technology is harmful because we live in a world full of other people that we need to be able to verbally talk to, and interact with in order to be successful. Students who only engaged in online class would be losing the vital time they need face to face with a teacher in a classroom. By putting students in front of a screen all day instead of working in tandem with their peers takes away the opportunity to become advanced in the skills of things like reading body language and communicating face to face with superiors and peers which are essential to be able to function in todays increasingly competitive job market. More »

Zach Fritz

Education has changed a lot in the past twenty-thirty years. Classes are not just text books and lectures anymore, they have evolved into more hands-on activities and include online lessons with new technology being developed. With the change in techniques of learning, students also have to adapt to the new methods. By looking through our class on one of the early process assignments in this unit, over three fourths of our class is in favor of the addition of online lessons to the “educational toolbox”. Most of us say that the moderation of online classes into the programs here really make a positive impact in our learning, which I agree with. More »

Shiela Mae Holder

Colleges and universities around the world are focusing on international education to prepare students to live in a close-knit global community. Not only do many college students move to a different country to live and work but even those who stay in their own country are likely to be connected with people and businesses in other countries.  The world is truly becoming a smaller and interconnected place where people no longer interact only with local people. Right now, technology connects people from different countries around the world. It would be beneficial for any company to connect their business to companies in other countries, because then they can distribute widely their products. Most businesses, in fact, have customers and suppliers from different countries. This is a product of the global economy. People who work in a company that has international connections often have to visit other countries, so they need to be prepared for that.  For all of these reasons, the focus on international education and the study of foreign languages should continue to expand in the twenty first century. Through international education, students have an opportunity to increase their skills in international communication and to develop cross-cultural understanding. More »

Bridget Leen

Through out our lives, we are told what to do. When we are little our parents told us what to eat, what to wear, when to go to bed, and much more. As we get older we get a little more freedom. When we get to college we have the freedom to do what we want. There are no parents telling us what to do or when to go to bed or what to eat. We are on our own. The decisions that we make are up to us. As students, we decide if we want to go to class that day. We have to choice to do our homework. As a college student we have more freedom than we’ve ever had before. We have freedom from our parents, but we should also have some freedom from our teachers. Students should have full creative control over their school work. The teachers should not decide how the students should do their projects. Everyone should be able to put their own creative twist on their project. Teachers should not just throw away rubrics completely, but not make them so intense. The rubrics should just be guide lines to the project and not saying exactly what to do to get an ‘A’. More »