Technology has changed the past, is the present, and is shaping our future. That includes the future of our education. As technology becomes more influential there's been a shift in colleges to online classes.
At Weber State University the minimum math requirement to complete ones general education is Math 1050 which is college algebra. There are pre-requisites that must be taken if you are not ready to be in the Math 1050 course and these pre-requisites are what are known as developmental math courses. Students entering Weber get placed into whatever math class is on their level and they will then work up to the Math 1050 class and whatever other math requirements their majors require. At WSU though, all of the developmental math classes up through Math 1050 are hybrid courses. Students go to one hour of class with a teacher a week and then everything else is learned on a computer just like an online course.
Having these math classes this way isn't benefitting the majority of students in those classes. There may be a few students for whom this system works but for the most part math needs to be taught fully in a classroom setting with an actual teacher in order for the students to understand and learn the actual material. As one who is going to school to become a math teacher I've had a lot of interactions with students in this program and I've seen the need for a traditional classroom setting with a real teacher.
Online courses aren't necessarily bad. For many subjects and for many people they are fantastic, but for those who struggle with math, taking away the traditional classroom setting is a hindrance and they are less likely to learn. This is why most developmental math courses at colleges and Universities should be taught in a classroom setting by a teacher instead of online and through computer software.