Online classes making an impact on students

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Xander Riley

One of the options presented to students for classes is the choice to take a class online. One of these classes is Online Government, taught by Adrian Evans.
“The world is changing,” Evans said. “Whatever the next stage of your life is, technology will be involved, so teachers need to prepare you to be able to put your thoughts and opinions out there on the web in a way that people will understand.”
Many students take a class online because that’s the only way they have time for it in their schedule. Maddy Craig, sr., is taking the online government class taught by Mr. Evans because she has a full class load. While she would recommend it if it’s the only way to get the class done, she says that there are some drawbacks.
“Taking a class online is harder,” she explained. “You don’t have someone talking to you. I learn better when I’m hearing than when I’m just reading, so it’s harder to retain the information you’re learning. You can’t tell what the important parts are because there’s no one saying ‘you need to remember this.’”
However, Evans explained that an advantage of taking a class online, besides the fact that it gives you more time in your schedule, is that you can work on it whenever you want to. Anytime you have a free moment and access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone, you can access your class.
Jake Madsen, sr., takes six AP classes and has 0 hour and 7th hour, so he takes Mr. Evans’ Online Government class as well.
“I would recommend online classes as a last ditch,” Madsen said. “If you want to graduate and you can’t take a government class I highly suggest it, but otherwise I would suggest if you’re a freshman take Personal Law and get it out of the way.”