FIU has a surge in online classes and it’s clear why

This accessibility can open doors for a more diverse student population, including those who may not have been able to attend traditional on-campus classes.| fiuonline.fiu.edu

Ariana Rodriguez | Staff Writer

With housing being borderline impossible and little to no parking, it’s clear why online course enrollment has increased. Aside from the impact of COVID and students getting comfortable with fully online-type courses, attending FIU can be borderline unachievable for many students.

It’s easy to see why people choose online courses and would rather teach themself than go through the grueling process of waking up early, driving in horrible Miami traffic or wasting time trying to find parking just for a 45 minute class. 

Online courses eliminate the need for commuting to campus, saving students time and money on transportation costs. 

They also offer the convenience of studying from the comfort of home, which can be particularly beneficial in situations where attending in-person classes may be challenging, such as non-stop construction or when roads are blocked off.

With all things considered, it’s a no-brainer that online enrollment has shot up and why it’s a necessity for so many students.

Students are also able to customize their schedules to fit their individual needs. This flexibility is particularly beneficial for students who have other commitments whether it’s work or family responsibilities. They can study at their own pace and choose when and where to complete their coursework, providing greater autonomy over their learning journey.

Yes, you might have to teach yourself some of the course material if the professor doesn’t do Zoom meetings or if their office hours don’t align, however, the benefits outweigh the negatives which makes it a case-by-case scenario.

For students who may not have easy access to campus facilities due to distance or mobility issues, online classes provide an opportunity to pursue higher education without the constraints of physical proximity. 

This accessibility can open doors for a more diverse student population, including those who may not have been able to attend traditional on-campus classes.

In today’s increasingly digital world, proficiency in online communication and technology is becoming essential. By participating in online classes, students develop valuable digital literacy skills that are highly relevant in the modern workforce, preparing them for success in their future careers.

Overall, online courses at FIU offer a range of benefits that can enhance the educational experience for college students, providing flexibility, accessibility and opportunities for increased engagement in a digital learning environment.

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