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CSI Online Classes Booming In Popularity

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) One of the education propositions shot down by Idaho voters in November, would have required high school students to take online classes before they could graduate.

Despite the measure's defeat, colleges and universities across the nation are offering thousands of online classes. Students at the College of Southern Idaho are facing the challenge of taking classes online.

Just under 2700 students have signed up for online classes in the spring semester at the College of Southern Idaho. Each online student is taking an average of two classes. CSI offers 230 sections of classes online.

CSI Spokesman Doug Maughan says, "That's the way they can juggle their schedule and they're used to learning that way. So we are looking at an explosion. It's going to be a great increase in the number of online classes that are being taken.

Maughan says many of the students taking online classes here actually live on campus. But right now four of the sections of courses are "hybrid" classes. That means some of the instruction happens online, with the rest of it taking place with a live teacher in the classroom.

Some of the students that some online classes work for them, and others don't.

CSI Student Heather Baker says, "The instructor took a little while to respond. He'd post classes late. We'd have our assignments all due on Sunday, and sometimes he wouldn't even post our assignments until Tuesday or Wednesday, so we'd only have that amount of time to do it."

The students said that some subjects work for online classes, but that it's also a combination of the content, as well as the instructor, and the individual students' learning styles.

CSI Student Courtney Payan says, "You had pretty much the book to teach you to learn it. So I'd rather have the one on one. I like the visual, the auditory. It didn't work well for me online. I have a few friends that do well with online classes."

So what it boils down to is that some online classes are easier for some people, while the rest of us prefer to have a teacher there in the classroom.

Jan. 23, 2013.


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