Something we are very proud of at Capitol Debate is our introductory debate course that we hold online for students. This course allows students from any location to get a chance to learn the fundamentals of debate and effective debating skills.
We have received great feedback from students and parents on the experience, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight more of the benefits. There are still people who question the effectiveness of online education, but in my experience with Capitol Debate this channel is a valuable and efficient tool for sharing knowledge.
One of the benefits that stood out immediately was the convenience. Holding courses online meant that both students and teachers were able to interact using computers they were comfortable with. Because each student was on a computer during the course they were able to seamlessly transition into working on research together online. A lot of times with in-person classes it’s not realistic to expect each student to have their own laptop to bring.
These online classes also meant that students didn’t need to drive to meet at a certain location, they could just learn right from home. This was something that students enjoyed and parents greatly appreciated. Being able to integrate these courses into everyone’s routine without adding on extra driving made a big difference.
Through these online courses we also noticed an improvement in student interaction and what they were able to get done. While this may seem counterintuitive, the fact that each student was able to be involved in the research process when preparing debates was great for everyone. Everyone got a chance to contribute and as a result each student was able to get more done individually. We were also able to give students access to the best debate experts possible since location was no longer an issue.
One of the best testaments to the effectiveness of these courses and why we believe in them so much is the results that students were able to get. Through our online courses we have coached many foreign students who went on to debate in the Middle School Nationals. We’ve also trained other students who have made the top ten in this competition as well. All this was done entirely through training them online.
We are quite happy with the results that our online courses have been able to bring our students. In this day and age being able to use the internet efficiently for educating others is something that many people still underestimate. At Capitol Debate however, we believe very heavily in the power of online courses and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.