Online lessons

I and most likely everyone else has had to attend a math class, science class, or even English class in their life. Whether that was essentials math or calculus, biology or chemistry, AP English or journalistic writing. I along with everyone else has more than likely stumbled upon a lesson or a problem that we had trouble with, or had no hope of understanding. Yes, there is the option of going to the teacher for help but I along with everyone else has encountered the teacher that explains something the exact same way, and I along with everyone else knows that, that is no help. So solution, online lessons. A website, or websites in which you can find the lesson you are looking for and listen and watch another person explain it in what is most likely going to be, a different way.

           Steve Lohr, a news reporter at the New York Times did an article on online education. He reported that “A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” So could online classes be beating out the teachers? He goes on to report that “the analysis for the Department of Education found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile. That is a modest but statistically meaningful difference.”

Barbara Means, the study’s lead author and an educational psychologist at SRI International says that “the study’s major significance lies in demonstrating that online learning today is not just better than nothing — it actually tends to be better than conventional instruction.” So who needs teachers, if online is more beneficial and extracts better marks. Well Steve Lohr says that “this hardly means that we’ll be saying good-bye to classrooms. But the report does suggest that online education could be set to expand sharply over the next few years, as evidence mounts of its value.”

So students still expect to be put into classrooms, but if you ever are misunderstanding something do not underestimate online sites. There are many such as Khan academy which has multiple subjects that have essential information and lessons. Many are useful and going to a teacher that explains something to you the exact same way each time is a waste of time. Teachers will more than likely always be there, but now there is another option for students who need a different way to learn.

As experts say “the real promise of online education is providing learning experiences that are more tailored to individual students than is possible in classrooms.”

Lohr, Steve. "Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom." The New York Times. N.p., 09 Aug. 2009. Web.