I believe this class is structured perfectly, half the class is online and the other half is in class. As convenient as an online class is compared to in class course, I feel like I don’t learn the material properly. Basically, I try to get the class over with to focus on other things. I think Having an in-class section is important for two key reasons. One the student is able to speak to professor and is able to “put face to the professor’s name”. Second, in class give time for students to speak to each other, or form study groups.
Even though I believe in class time is important, I also believe it needs to be formatted properly. No one wants sit in a lecture in which the professor reads from a bunch of slides. There is no interactivity and its difficult to visuals what the code is actually doing. For example, if the professor actively codes a simple example in front of the class, it gives everyone an idea on how to start a project or what the fundamentals of the topic are.
In our UNIX class, i think our professor has the right idea of showing us a terminal commands on how the work, but it doesn’t offer interactivity. I read a post in our class blog, in which the author proposed that their be a “live feed” or chat room for asking questions. I think this a great idea. Of course, if no one shows up for class that might derail this idea.
Hopefully, so my thoughts will taken account for when the department is considering changing this course into in a online course.