Online versus in-person classes: Adjustment from online classes poses threat to some students


The Chanticleer agrees with the majority of students who answered our Instagram poll and said they prefer in-person classes over online ones. According to the poll results, 86% of CCU students would rather take traditional classes instead of learn online. Throughout the pandemic, students had to take online classes, but those classes did not accommodate students who thrive in the face-to-face environment.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone down significantly, and students are now adjusting to the shift from online to in-person classes.

This change poses a threat for some students, who had just gotten used to online learning.

Hali Tainatongo, junior at CCU, said the hardest part about adjusting back to in-person classes was the lack of communication.

“[It was hard] getting used to being around people, it went from no one talking online to everyone having ideas they want to say,” Tainatongo said. “No one wants to be the one to talk online because they don’t want to turn their mics on. It limits a lot of conversations.”

Tainatongo said she enjoys in-person classes more, despite the convenience that online classes can provide.

Senior Carolyn Ta enjoys in-person classes more because online classes are more diffi cult to pay attention to. “There’s a more concrete deadline of what you have to do when you are in person and the teacher is right in front of you, so you can ask them whenever you need help,” Ta said.

Ta’s hardest part of adjusting back to in-person classes was making sure she showed up to classes on time. On the other hand, she said online learning requires a lot of self-discipline. She believes the homework level is the same as online and in-person, but you learn more in the classroom.

In contrast, Sophomore Kayla Moore prefers online classes because it is more time efficient. When it comes to online classes, Moore said she prefers taking English, history, and sociology.

“The homework is easier online in my opinion, but if you are more hands-on with things it might be a little harder,” Moore said.

Online classes allow students to fit school into their lives easier, especially to balance jobs and social life. Hands-on learners, the majority of the campus, face the posed threat of adjusting to a screen rather than being in the classroom.

When students graduate and adjust to a work environment, these learning outcomes impose results seen today in remote industries and the world of working from home.