Learning has drastically changed in the last few generations, and we at the Bay Window,
believe it has changed for the better. Thankfully, gone are the days of being forced to listen to
unstimulating, one-sided lectures by esteemed faculty while students take notes in rapid chicken
scratch. Colleges now offer a plethora of options for students to choose from to best succeed.
For years, classes were pretty generic in the sense that professors would give out
information and the students were successful only if they were able to spit back the information
on tests. There was little interaction or engagement. While some students thrive in classes such
as these, others learn better in interactive courses with free exchange of ideas. In the same vein,
while some may do better with the engaging and participatory aspects of a traditional classroom
setting, others benefit from the independent nature of online course.
Older students often relate horror stories of boring classes where professors lectured
(often to several hundred or more students at a time) in a monotone, with no visual examples or
slides to stimulate the students’ imagination.
Another advantage of learning in the present day is the advent of the computer, the cell
phone, and Google. Students are able to retrieve material for themselves without relying on
professors to spoon-feed them information. Many faculty nowadays are willing to put themselves
in place of the student by leading classes that are participatory based.
With all of these new opportunities, we as students can no longer blame professors for
our lack of learning or for making us participate in class discussions. The world is our oyster and
it is up to us to take advantage of the opportunities.
Also among our advantages today are the MCC faculty and their various approaches to
teaching. At MCC, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of professors with vastly different
teaching styles. We also value the fact that many have years of teaching experience.
MCC offers classes tailored to almost every kind of learner. The lecture-centered classes
are better for oral learners, while multi-media classes appeal to visual learners. The best
instructors use a variety of methods.
For students who absolutely loathe the idea of physically coming to school, there are an
abundance of online classes offered in a assortment of subjects. With YouTube tutorials and
fellow students around the world willing to share their studying tips via the Web, online learning
is easier than ever before. Staying up on current events and relating them to the classroom setting
is just a click away.
We as students need to be able to complete a class not only more knowledgeable about
the subject matter but also able to relate what we have learned about the world around us. Instead
of asking "Why do I have to take this?" we desire to understand the reason for a class and why it
is important – a feat accomplished by current teaching and learning methods.
As the structure of the classroom becomes more flexible, the door opens for students to
unleash their full potential and take control of their own education. Though we all must endure
the dreaded gen eds, an improvement in the way we are taught the subject may make all the