Switch to online learning not ideal for students on a budget

October 1, 2013 Blogs, Former Pioneer Staff Print Print
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Recently it has come to notice that the school and teachers are starting to switch to Connect, “a digital teaching and learning environment that saves students and instructors time while improving performance over a variety of critical outcomes,” according to the Connect website.

At first I didn’t have a problem with this program. I thought it was a great way for students to do homework and it was eco-friendly too. But lately, a question has crossed my mind.

Why do I have to pay for this connect code?

I am already paying tuition and for overpriced books that will be outdated by the end of the semester and for which I will not be able to get half of my money back on.

And now, add to that, I pay for a code.

It just irritates me that students have to pay for a code that is only good for one semester — you can’t even resell it at the end of the semester.

I see this as a cheat for teachers to get out of putting almost any effort into the class.

All they have to do when using Connect is spend a week getting assignments ready — well, not even in all honesty.

Connect authors McGraw-Hill automatically create homework and quiz questions from the chapters.

In fact, no one has to put out much effort — not even me.

While doing my homework one night, I realized I didn’t have to read the book to get the answers for the questions.

All I had to do was click a button that says “read it in the book,” which took me to a highlighted section where your answer was.

That takes away the effort to read — they are just spoon feeding you answers.

So how are we as students suppose to get any real learning done from Connect if it makes it so easy you don’t have to read the book?

Call me old fashioned but I actually prefer being assigned homework on paper that makes me have to read the chapters and then go back and do my homework.

I miss doing quizzes in class.

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