For many years, I taught on campus at a local university but for the past three years, after attending classes myself to learn many of the "in's" and "out's" of online education, I teach mainly online.
In our cross-cultural class we examine many of the issues of concern to all of us in our current society. Class participation reveals that many of the students are returning after raising their families or after just a few years break from their degree-focused journey. Often students who work online have disabilities that make it difficult for them to participate in on-campus classes so their views, too, are refreshing and most helpful to others. The life experiences which students bring to class are invaluable for them, their classmates, and me.
(Can you tell...I love this time of year, my students, and the classes we share!)