Saturday, March 19, 2016

Editorial: UCLA should add online classes to accommodate higher enrollment - the Daily Bruin

Improving the quality of these run-down classrooms is valuable, but expanding lecture halls to fit more seats is a step in the wrong direction. Instead, the university should focus on expediting the expansion of online and hybrid courses to accommodate the growing class size. Having so many students in one room is not conducive to learning. Large lecture halls hinder active discussions and prevent students from fully understanding the lecture content due to poor visual and auditory conditions. Though online classes have faced some controversy, when properly implemented they actually have numerous advantages that help mediate the issues caused by overcrowded classrooms. For instance, online classes allow students to replay lectures and see what the professor is writing on the board. Online classes also provide a host of other benefits, such as added flexibility. Online classes help students avoid class conflicts, so they can take more of the classes they desire or participate in extracurricular activities.

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