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Do you think it's important to be in a class physically? Or do you think it's okay to take classes online?
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No importance at all. In fact, the others around me were rarely serious and very distracting..
 
I actually think that it's important to be in a class physically because of learning process is actually transmitted.
 
 
Like Shane said^
physical class, in my experience has been a ultimate complete failure. (Crap teachers, crap students, nothing gets done, etc) The reasons for that would not exist online. Human interaction can be held elsewhere, infact how healthy/ natural is it to every day go to the same place with the same people and start over about every four years and never see most of those people again?
 
Okay to take online classes, but you need to have teachers who are active or the students will not get as much out of the class. The same could be said of traditional classrooms, not all teachers engage the students. I have taken some classes online, some teachers where totally absent and made it feel like a waste of time and money. Other teachers were great and I learned a lot. I found teachers who used audio and/or video (themselves and/or other material) to enhance the subject being taught, made it more like a physical classroom and more interesting. My thoughts are you still have to have good teachers even if online. 
 
Personally I prefer physical classes, although being the older guy, other students can be quite distracting. My online experience has been fairly negative with emails rarely getting answered when I did send for help, but I had to give it a try. 
 
Depends on the course.
 
It depends on the course for me. If the class has good online material I'm all for it. I have had a few that have been awful though, and made the experience painful.
 
As +Lewis Lau said, it depends on the course.  If I were a university student today I'd be taking as much online as possible.  However, there were a number of classes I took where in-class discussion was essential.
 
younger kids, need socialisation , Some older students need structure, I don't see the harm in online education aas long as there is a proven scorecard
 
This is a very legitimate question as I'm pandering if an online masters in GIS is worth be as valid and respected then a masters done while physically present at a college. 
 
Well, the classes online are great, however the support for the classes is often lacking, unresponsive or have student forums of the blind leading the blind.

Studies show boys do worse academically in co-ed physical classrooms so for my young son I hope they really develop these in the future.
 
I think that as long as the quality of education is non bias towards pupils, whatever path they choose then I b believe that aslong as the choice is out there then it is not in our opinion to say as long as people are being educated in a subject of choice then I give my support to both methods
 
Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Dont think it should be either or but leverage the advantages of both. During my youth, the classroom experience was very important in developing social skills. Later in life, the convenience and time shifting of online classes allowed me to work while going to graduate school. I wouldn't have been able to do graduate studies without online classes. Similarly, I probably wouldnt have had the discipline to do online classes when I was young. It would have also been harder to interact with people in the workplace right after college. 
 
+Roberto James. I agree but I think interaction with other students should be out if the classroom ( depending on subject) . It's boys worried about in class interactions and how they appear to girls and their peers that in Australia at least is causing the grades of young boys to fall, compared to grades when the classes were segregated by sex.
 
+James McCormack Interaction is also the primary argument against physical classrooms.  interaction = distraction.
 
I think that it's still important to be in the class physically. The direct uman interaction and the 'atmosphere' are also useful for the learning process.
 
Online Ed is perfect for the non-traditional student or the working professional.  With flexibilty and virtual classrooms, nearly anything is possible.  I've been teaching at #franklinuniversity  for about four years now with about 70% of my classes on line and 30% face to face. Each have their strong points, but in no way is one or the other superior.  Technology just enables so very much. Ultimately, any class is what you put into it and the relationship built with the professor.
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