Do Students Lose More Than They Gain In Online Writing Classes By Kate Kiefer Analysis

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Kate Kiefer wrote a segment in a book in 2007 called “Do Students Lose More than They Gain in Online Writing Classes?” In Kiefer’s segment she argues that regardless of the advantages that online writing classes can provide, there are far too many shortcomings, including, a lack of a writing system classroom, student time constraints, and a “market” model of education that the educational establishment has to deal with. Kiefer notes that these shortcomings in online writing courses are ultimately giving students less than what they deserve from a writing class and as a result students are losing more than what they are gaining from the online class. Contrary to what the author Kate Kiefer argues, online writing courses can
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She supports her argument by noting that online classrooms do not have the necessary components to accommodate writing courses because online courses are typically developed lectured-style. In Kiefer’s argument she mentioned that online writing courses do not promote and encourage interactions between students. Kiefer shows that the online classroom system does not allow students to share and comment on other classmates’ papers (Kiefer, 2007). Kiefer continues to support her argument by saying that there are time constraints on students who take online classes and as a result time is extremely critical (Kiefer, 2007). Time is of the essence in an online class and as a result most online students most out on meaningful interactions according to Kiefer. She notes that regardless of the classroom syllabus and schedule, students still have the ability to access and do work whenever they deem, which ultimately allows students to work at their own fast or slow pace. Lastly, Kiefer supports her argument by saying that students taking online classes are simply just trying to do their own work, get feedback and get a grade. Kiefer identifies this as a “market” model of education and this type of education has now become the metaphor of “the customer is always right” (Kiefer, 2007). However, she notes that the time that online courses create also works against a model of education and as a result just promotes students to finish the course as quickly as

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