Why Diversity in the Online Classroom Matters to You
As you look around your online classroom, you’ll probably see a standard course design, which will likely remain consistent throughout your degree program. It’s this presence of uniformity that often gives students a feeling that they are also the same, especially since you are not present to visually assess the differences. You become little more than a name that appears within a discussion board thread, and the words you use when you post a message often is the only thing that represents you as a person – and that’s how other students make judgments about you. In fact, most of the time, the only moment that you realize there are distinct differences is when you see a name that looks “unique” from your perspective.
However, the online student body is anything but uniform. If you look for demographics about online students, the most recent stats indicate that the online class is typically made up of a higher percentage of females (53%) than males (47%), and that the average age for an online student is 34. But this only tells part of the real story because the online classroom is so much more than those basic facts. Once you’ve taken a class, you’ll find that one of the many characteristics of the online classroom is the diverse nature of the stude