Do Students Lose More Than They Gain For Online Writing Classes?
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 offer students meaningful interactions, more flexibility, and independence compared to the standard face-to-face classes.
Kiefer’s argument suggests that students are losing more than what they could potentially be gaining when they take an online writing course. 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…