The big question often arises on whether online education or campus based education has a heavier work load for reading and writing assignments. The answer can generally be found in the eye of the beholder or student. Although, a survey has been conducted including interviews from former students who have taken both types of course work.
Online education offers unique benefits usually derived from accessibility and convenience. Distance learning programs offer an opportunity to further your education without the need of physically being present in a classroom. Creating a need for professors to sometimes increase the work loads to achieve optimal learning experiences from students.
Two students were asked the exact same question and replied by stating their reading and writing assignments were increased more, than if they had traditionally taken the subject in a classroom setting. From the University of South Florida, a former student was quoted “Yes, my work load was considerably higher than in our physical classrooms” – Bryan P.
Yet, another former student from the University of Colorado was quoted stating the same answer. “I did notice the reading and general assignments due were quite a bit more than my normal classroom” – David Thies.
Although, one former student from the University of Maryland disagreed with the other two students. “I finished my Masters Degree and didn’t believe my course work was any more hefty than that of my classrooms” – Amber Botsch.
What is the answer to the question of more work in online courses or campus based courses? A University of Creighton study was conducted to depict the actual course load difference. The findings were conclusive that an overall workload increase of 23% was given to online course work in comparison to campus based work.
The findings were conducted in different areas of course study. Leaving the real answer to be determined, by the student and professor in each course field of online and campus based education.
Source: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2005; 69 (4) Article 67.