Classes should be personal

Brick and mortar courses are better than online learning for getting the most out of curriculum

It’s more beneficial to learn from face-to-face classes.

While the digital classroom is gaining popularity, in-per-son classes prove to be the better option. In a typical class-room setting, students learn from lectures and take-home readings. “It is so much easier to ask a question and get more in-depth help,” said Cindy Justice, a business major.

In an online class, students have to cover the teacher’s material independently and are limited to asking questions through email.

The accessibility of online classes and the convenience of digital textbooks are hard to compete with. Heather, a student on the Cartersville campus, said she would rather have digital books. Because of an injury, she doesn’t like to carry a heavy book-bag around.

On the other hand, Follett Assistant Bookstore Manager Regina Haines said she often hears students saying, “I’m old school.” They’d rather have the pages to flip through. “Students say they prefer the hard-copy,” said Rachel Rentz, key-holder at the Floyd campus bookstore.

It could be argued that on-line classes are significantly cheaper than brick-and-mortar but that does not mean they are the better option.

Ultimately, it is important to weigh the differences and decide on what best suits the situation.